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'Heartbreaking' but 'imperative': Stanford to cut nearly a third of its varsity sport teams

Original post made on Jul 9, 2020

After the 2020-21 season, Stanford University will discontinue 11 of its 36 varsity sports teams to save money in the face of a growing budget deficit and looming cuts.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 9, 2020, 10:42 AM

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 10:58 am

Maybe Stanford should have cut all fall sports. None will likely proceed this year. Perhaps defund athletics and start over. Which sports should be offered to college aspirants and students? How many employees are needed at what expense? How many rich alumni should get their offspring into Stanford on the claim or fact that the kid can play "squash" or any other sport?

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Posted by too funny
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2020 at 1:03 pm

@Gary @trolling

Exercise is a part of healthy living. Everyone needs 60 minutes per day....."give me 60 per the NFL public service message"

Medically vulnerably people need help and guidance. It's important to get off the couch, step back from your laptop.

High School, College and Professional Athletes have been at the forefront of getting Public Service messages to the public that exercise is a necessary part of healthy living.

Stay on couch if you choose. Type 2 diabetes is real, BMR's over 25 are significant. Smoking, drinking and illicit drugs are significant.

Healthy role models are important for our children to see.

We appreciate sports, music, and the arts as a part of a broad curriculum.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 7:07 pm

The students taking up seats because they know how to exercise are taking seats from others. Watching them exercise on a football field or a basketball court or on tv from a couch will not make anyone else healthy. Indeed, tackle football does not make even the players themselves healthy for long. The longer they play, the harder they fall and limb and wind up in a wheelchair. Not a useful role model for anyone. But nice try

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Posted by Bad Influence
a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2020 at 5:02 pm

@too funny

Varsity sports are an incredibly inefficient way to create role models. The more money and influence involved, the worse it becomes.

The worst role models of all, of course, are professional sports - destroying bodies and minds on a quest to become a multimillionaire celebrity, accountable to no one. Unfortunately, this is how many Americans like their role models.

Shut down varsity college sports! Fund intramurals and gym programs. Or, maybe... academics?

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