April 5, 2010
California budget problems trickle down and affect us all.
A year ago, UCI dropped it's swimming program. This year it is Cal State Northridge and UC Davis that have their swimming programs on the chopping blocks.
One of our club swimmers, Jill Mireless, was on the team at Northridge. Unless somehow saved, Jill will be at a school where she can no longer swim. Opportunities to swim in college are extremely important for our kids. Most of our atletes go on to college with over 1/2 of our graduating swimmers finding opportunities to compete in college. Swimming in college gives them a solid foundation, one they are familiar with, while taking on the new challenges they encounter in college life.
Although it appears to be too late for Northridge, there may still be hope for UCD. I encourage you to take a few minutes and write a letter to thes school to keep the opportunities open for our future graduates. . . .
here is some information:
WE NEED 15 MINUTES OF YOUR TIME. If you have already written, please do so again. IT DOES HELP AND THE FLOOD IS SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES.
Yes your letter matters. The number was 9-10 teams a couple of weeks ago. With the help of many the shift has occurred - now to save swimming
UCD is looking at cutting sports teams this week. 4-7 teams will be cut - men's and women's swimming is on the list. Letters need to be submitted ASAP no later than 9am Monday, April 5th.
Current swimmers have been involved politically and are doing a great job. The BIGGEST issue is the loss of opportunity for future student/athlete/swimmers. Once programs are cut they never come back. Please contact as many people as possible to help.
Call to Action
I need all of your help to reach out to past/current parents/alums and swimmers to write letters. We need 200 letters to be written to the contacts below as well as flooding the media for letters to editors of: Aggie, Sac Bee, Davis Enterprise.
Swimming is the best reflection of the Core Principles of UCD
UCD swimmers are in line with university expectation of what a student athlete is - excellence in both classroom and in athletics
Swimmers represent the University of California, Davis with academic integrity as well as excellence in the pool - hence
• Conference Champions,
• NCAA Division qualifiers,
• history of Hall of Fame inductees,
• 12 current Aggie swimmers and divers were named to Academic All-Big West Conference
• Mulitple UCD Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Tate, Adam Borchard, Chuck Young
Rand & Ted Schaal are the largest donors for ICA of all time $1 million. Rand is a swimming alum and active follower of the team. What does this show other potential donors - their donation may be in vain. Programs that they contribute can may be cut down the road. Schaal pool opened in Jan 2004.
IMPORTANT TO STAY WITHIN THOSE KEY POINTS. LETTERS MUST BE CIVIL. LETTER 2 IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IN THE PRESS, B/C THAT WILL GET THE MESSAGE OUT TO THE COMMUNITY AND OTHER POTENTIAL DONORS.
PLEASE REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE. THESE LETTERS MUST GO OUT THIS WEEKEND. NEXT WORKGROUP MEETING IS WED. THEY MAY ANNOUNCE AS SOON AS THEN. ENTERPRISE DOES NOT PRINT ON MONDAY.
• Chancellor Katehi firstname.lastname@example.org
• Fred Wood, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs email@example.com
• Leslie Lyons chair of AAAC and in ICA workgroup firstname.lastname@example.org
• Kim Elsbach Faculty Athletic Rep and in ICA workgroup email@example.com
• Greg Warzecka AD firstname.lastname@example.org
• Nona Richardson senior woman administrator email@example.com
• Cindy Spiro Assoc AD firstname.lastname@example.org
• Campus Counsel: email@example.com Steve Drown (important he is on the comittee and may have the Chancellor's ear)
• Wendi Delmendo firstname.lastname@example.org (she is the compliance director and in the Chancellor's office)