Save UIC Gymnastics, Flip The Decision
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On Friday, August 31 2018 the University of Illinois at Chicago announced that they will drop women’s and men’s gymnastics at the end of the 2018-19 season.
This drops the number of NCAA Division I schools with men’s gymnastics programs to 15. In 1969, as a point of reference, there were 212 programs. There are 61 Division I women’s gymnastics programs. That’s down from a high of 179 in 1981. On November 18, 2018 UIC announced that in order to fully endow the men's and women's programs, the teams must come up with $25.2 million by March 15, 2019.
To all in the gymnastics community, this is devastating news. For 70 years the UIC gymnastics program has been a great source of pride and history in the city of Chicago and all over the United States. GymnasticsVille interviewed gymnasts, parents, and fans from all over the country to get their thoughts about the announcement.
We urge the University of Illinois at Chicago to lead the way towards keeping the rich tradition of gymnastics in the city at the collegiate level. We know you can do this! We join other organizations and gymnasts from around the world and ask you to:
Recommit to the UIC men’s and women’s gymnastics teams for the 2020 season and beyond. We ask you to please keep supporting the current UIC student-athletes and allow the future generations the opportunity to attain a top-notch education and experience the joys that come with representing the university while being a part of a gymnastics team.
We know you can change this. University of Illinois at Chicago has the opportunity to be a leader and continue providing an exceptional higher education and a diverse offering of collegiate sports programs.
Please sign this petition to support our initiative. For the sake of gymnastics, it’s time to #SaveUIC and #FlipTheDecision. We love UIC and college gymnastics in the USA. Thank you!
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