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Stanford Reverses Decision To Cut Varsity Sports Programs

There's a dramatic reversal this morning by administrators at Stanford University. who announced they are no longer eliminating eleven varsity sports.

This morning they've announced all eleven sports - men's and women's fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men's rowing, co-ed and women's sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men's volleyball and wrestling - will remain intact. University officials say they've raised money to save the programs, with Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne commenting how "new optimism based on new circumstances, including vigorous and broad-based philanthropic interest in Stanford Athletics on the part of our alumni, which have convinced us that raising the increased funds necessary to support all 36 of our varsity teams is an approach that can succeed,".

The necessary funding was made possible from the joint efforts of famous Stanford sports legends, like John Elway, high-profile alumni, students and coaches, as well as a fundraising effort spearheaded by a group called 36 Sports Strong. Student athletes at Stanford has also recently filed a lawsuit against the school to keep the programs in place.

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