Thursday, May 06, 2010

USA Swimming cares about Duquesne University's cutting of men's swimming

USA Swimming - Coaches: "'Go for 5' to help threatened college swimming programs (5/4/2010)

Over the last 5 years, 46 Division I men’s teams have been cut for funding and Title IX reasons. Once comprising over 65% of the Division I teams, men’s teams now only comprise 40% of member associations. Divisions II and III have also experienced cuts.

In an attempt to halt the deterioration of college swimming nationwide, the Duquesne men’s swimming team, parents, alumni and students have developed the “Go for 5” initiative, a campaign designed to save one program at a time, starting with the Duquesne men’s team.

Endorsed by the College Sports Council and the College Swimming Coaches Association, the program goal is to reach one million people with a request to donate money in the increments of $5. The money raised will go to threatened programs around the country."

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