The WSU Women's Hockey Program was cut and announced on 5-26-11. As a team and staff, we were notified on the same day, without any warning. We were speechless. Without wanting to be anywhere else but here, we figure we ought to find a way to fight.
WSU hockey has not only touched its members and alumni, but thousands in the university and the community. This program embodied every characteristic of excellence Wayne State and the athletic department fosters. These women were leaders academically, in the community and on the ice.
We are fighting to get recognized by the athletic department. The cut came as a result of reduced state funding to higher education institutions. It is a sad day when quality education programs get cut as a means of pouring more money into counter-productive institutions like the prison system. This is a huge step backwards for women's hockey as a whole. Being the only Division I program in the state gave young Michigan girls the audacity to aspire and work to play at this level. Eliminating this program rejects the values of female student athletes who believe in the promise of a better Detroit, a better Michigan and a better world.
Our goal right now is to get on the agenda for the June 22nd Board of Governor's meeting. We want a fair chance to present our case and be given a fair decision. Please join us in making a statement and raising awareness to get funding back for our program, so we can continue what we set out to do.