funds to keep all sports, board says
committees of the U.Va. Board of Visitors unanimously approved
a resolution directing the University's administration to develop
options, including ones for fundraising, that would ensure the
long-term financial stability of U.Va.'s athletics programs without
creating tiers or eliminating any sports.
The Student Affairs & Athletics Committee and the Finance
Committee jointly met June 4 to consider the recommendations contained
in the recently released Virginia 2020 Strategic Planning Task
Force Report on Athletics.
Gordon F. Rainey Jr., chair of the Student Affairs & Athletics
Committee, commended the task force for alerting the University
to the issues facing athletics programs across the nation. "While
the task force report contains a number of valuable recommendations,
those relating to tiering or eliminating sports have been rejected
by the two committees as not being in the best interests of the
University," he said. "The committees' action today
is intended to make crystal clear that the Board of Visitors does
not support tiering or eliminating any sports."