Preserve SCAD Athletics
  • Petitioned Savannah College of Art and Design

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Savannah College of Art and Design

Preserve SCAD Athletics

    1. Lisa Gallant
    2. Petition by

      Lisa Gallant

      Nashua, NH

We, the undersigned, believe strongly in the value that athletic teams add to the overall college experience and community at large, and request that SCAD bring back softball, baseball and volleyball, reevaluate the decision to disband basketball, cheerleading and crew, and investigate the mishandling of information related to these most recent cuts.

We stand together in support of SCAD Athletics. We support all the players (past and present) and their families, the coaches, staff and trainers, and the entire student body of SCAD and its alumni.

SCAD Athletics has contributed in many positive ways, including a large number of community service projects. The list below represents just a handful of the numerous organizations and events that SCAD student-artist-athletes were involved with.


- Bethesda Home for Boys

- The Buddy Walk

- Ronald McDonald House Charities

- American Red Cross

- Emmaus House

- The Children's Hospital

- Club Savannah Volleyball

- St. Andrews School

- Boys & Girls Club

- Tybee Marathon

- Sports Clinics for Savannah's youth

- Taught art classes at Savannah's elementary schools



Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. SCAD to drop baseball, softball and volleyball

      Lisa Gallant
      Petition Organizer

      "The Savannah College of Art and Design announced Monday that it will eliminate its baseball, softball and volleyball teams at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year.

      That will leave the NAIA athletic program with 16 sports, eight each in men’s and women’s athletics..." - Posted: January 23, 2012 - 9:13pm
      By Dennis Knight

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Money reallocations disband three student teams

      Lisa Gallant
      Petition Organizer

      "The SCAD baseball team assumed they were warming up for a regular practice on Jan. 23, until they were called to the bleachers, where SCAD Athletic Director Steve Larson broke the news that their sport was among three the college was cutting...."

      The District - February 1, 2012
      By Allen Duncan

    5. SCAD Athletes Upset with Decison to Drop Sports

      Lisa Gallant
      Petition Organizer

      "The recent decision to drop three sports at Savannah College of Art and Design didn’t draw a lot of attention. SCAD isn’t exactly known for its sports programs, but the call is a tough one for many of the school’s student-athletes. “"I think I've played sports my whole life and without sports I feel kind of lost. I had a direction with sports..."

      By: Russ Riesinger | WSAV-TV
      Published: February 06, 2012 Updated: February 06, 2012 - 11:52 PM

    6. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Roberta Kohan BRISTOW, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      athletics and competition are an important part of our learning experience

    • Sarah Letos BRISTOW, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      My daughter is currently a Junior in HS. SCAD has been one of her top choices, as she wants to major in Animation and to be able to play softball - a sport she has played and loves since the age of 11. It is not easy to find an institution with a great Animation program and one that offers sports.

      We visited to school and met Coach Knecht at the beginning of January. She is also signed up for a weekend class in April on Animation and planned to attend a home game. I am deeply saddened and shocked that these programs are being eliminated. My daughter will end up striking SCAD off her list now and may reconsider our visit in April.

      I hope the administration at SCAD reconsiders eliminating these sports which offers students a great academic opportunity along with the opportunity to play the sports they love at a collegiate level.

    • Shanna Anderson POOLER, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm not a student athlete myself, but one of the things that mad SCAD stand out to me from other art schools was the complete campus "real college" feel. I didn't want to feel like I was just going to an art program and a college without sports starts to feel less and less like a complete college experience.

    • Amy Heyel SAVANNAH, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      My family loved to watch SCAD play. Our grade school team always attended pink night. The coach has been instrumental in bringing volleyball to younger players in the community through camps. The girls on the SCAD team had an amazing energy and were incredible role models for young teens and players today. I am astonished that SCAD doesn't understand the importance of sports in achieving success in life. Their player athletes are some of the best students in the school and this is a step in the wrong direction. I am a member of a college foundation board and believe that with proper planning this could have been avoided.

    • Jane Frederick KITE, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Signing in support of Ryan Frederick and teammates!


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