WSU swimming and diving teams saved by fundraising efforts
FAIRBORN, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Wright State University swimming and diving teams raised enough money to be able to compete in the 2017-18 season thanks to former swimmers and friends of the program.
The group was able to raise the necessary funds for a limited schedule, including going to the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships in late February.
“We are happy to have the swimming and diving teams back for the 2017-18 season, and appreciate the efforts of the group and the dedicated alumni to make this happen,” WSU Director of Athletics Bob Grant said.
The University had said it would cut the program in May as part of their budget cuts, but the Board of Trustees voted June 8 to allow interim President Curtis McCray and Grant to explore ways to allow the teams to compete for one more reason.
A group of former swimmers and supports then set out to raise $85,000 to save the program, and received donations from across the country to meet their goal.
They conversation will continue between the school and the team about how to fund the program moving forward.