Save Gustavus Nordic Skiing
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Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota is removing Nordic Skiing as a varsity sport. Although we are still being relegated to a club team, it does us, nor the college any good to have a non-NCAA competitive team. The team is devastated by this news and is trying to do everything in its power to and fight this.
We as a team were blind-sided by this decision. We had no prior knowledge of this and were absolutely shocked by this decision. The way the team was informed was rude and disrespectful of the feelings of the team.The athletics department said that we did not fit into the "future plans of our school" and in addition, the decision "was not about money." It was not because of the performance of the team, the strength of us as students, or how we benefit the campus in general, only because of the "interests of the college."
Three years ago, it was Saint John's University/ College of Saint Benedict. Now it is Gustavus. Who is next? This is a short-sighted decision by the college because skiing is such a valuable, life-long sport.
We as skiers, students, and friends, ask the whole ski community to sign this petition to show how valued collegiate skiing is around the area, or even the world. We appreciate your support and ask to spread the word.