Save the University of New Mexico Ski Team
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Dear friends of hard work and fast skis;
We are the University of New Mexico Ski Team, and we desperately need your help.
After firing UNM's basketball coach earlier this month, UNM's Athletic Director Paul Krebs has decided to discontinue the Women's and Men's Skiing program, a program that has deep roots not only within the University, but throughout the entire state. To put things in perspective, only the replacement of UNM's basketball coach during his existing contract will cost the athletic department far more than the yearly budget of Women's and Men's skiing combined.
This example is only the tip of the iceberg of ongoing financial mismanagement at the expense of student-athletes.
Founded in 1968, the UNM Ski Team has 17 Individual NCAA Championship Titles and was the first team in UNM's history to win an Overall NCAA Team Title in 2004. Another 13 times, the Ski Team finished within the top-4 at NCAA Skiing Championships, making it the single most successful athletic program in UNM's history.
In addition to the athletic success, the UNM Ski Team has also been a flagship in terms of academic excellence. In Fall 2015, both Women's and Men's Ski Team set new Department GPA records with 3.95 and 3.65, respectively, while also finishing 5th at NCAA Championships the same year.
The UNM Ski Team also has a tradition of close cooperation with local ski clubs like Santa Fe, Angel Fire and Taos to give aspiring New Mexican talents a chance to ski and learn from elite athletes from all over the world.
However, aside from all facts and figures why our program deserves a chance to persevere, there is one single most important thing that has always characterized the UNM Ski Team: its heart and passion. Being a Lobo is not carrying a patch on your chest for four years, it means carrying love for your sport and a relentless spirit within your chest for the rest of your life. Budget cutting can remove the patch from our chests, but the spirit of being a skier for the New Mexico Lobos will live on in our hearts forever.
Please help us by signing this petition to convince the UNM Board of Regents to uphold their support for our program and give future Lobos a chance to carry on the Ski Team's tradition of excellence.
The UNM Ski Team
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