Save Brown University Varsity Golf!

Save Brown University Varsity Golf!

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Pinya Pipatjarasgit started this petition to Brown University and

On May 28, Brown University announced the heartbreaking news that they would be cutting 11 varsity teams, among those being men's and women's golf. This news came as a shock to both our teams and our coaches. None of us woke up that morning with any idea that our titles as a Brown University student-athletes would be stripped from us over the span of a 5-minute Zoom call.

This decision was made in an initiative for "excellence in Brown Athletics," though it is hard to understand how cutting over 150 student-athletes, who have all brought so much hard work, passion, and dedication to their respective teams, is a step in that direction. Framing this decision as a positive initiative was a slap in the face to all of us, disregarding and devaluing the time and effort we have committed to establishing ourselves as competitive Brown University athletes. We were given no opportunity to advocate for our teams, even though this decision has been in the works for about a year. Subsequent emails told us that we would be provided counseling if we would like to transfer. This negates the fact that many of us worked for most of our lives to play collegiate golf at the DI level, not only at an Ivy League, but at Brown specifically, because of the unique academic opportunities it provides.

Please join us in the effort to reinstate our programs by signing our petition. President Christina Paxson stated that "Brown’s vision for varsity athletics has been to advance the ideal of scholar-athletes who embrace excellence in academics and in their sports, while competing on teams that are among the most competitive among university peers." To state this, then subsequently cut 11 varsity teams is hypocritical of a school that has always prided itself in its diverse athletic opportunities (as evidence from the 39 varsity teams previously offered at Brown, now reduced to 28). Moreover, our teams have been committed to academic excellence as scholar-athletes, achieving much success in the classroom and beyond.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

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