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Merc News: Stanford alumni group will meet with school president in effort to save 11 sports


Eleven varsity sports at Stanford set to be cut may instead be reinstated, depending in part on the outcome of a meeting between an alumni group and school president Marc Tessier-Lavigne. The group, 36SportsStrong, is set to meet with Tessier-Lavigne and other leaders at the school next Tuesday, according to email screenshots provided to this news organization. The president requested the meeting with 36SportsStrong and has asked Stanford’s board of trustees to review the group’s petition to save the 11 sports. Stanford has not yet responded to a request for comment or confirmation of the meeting. Last July, Stanford abruptly announced it would discontinue men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. The school cited budget woes caused by decreasing revenue and accelerated by the pandemic. In response to the announcement, former athletes and alumni began organizing 36SportsStrong, which has the support of stars such as Andrew Luck, Keri Walsh-Jennings and Cory Booker. Read more Mercury News