William & Mary cuts men’s and women’s gymnastics teams

By Patricia Duffy | September 4, 2020
William & Mary cuts men's and women's gymnastics teams
Courtesy Tribe Athletics.

William & Mary announced in an open letter on Thursday that the university plans to eliminate its men’s and women’s gymnastics teams as part of a move that will cut seven Tribe varsity sports after the 2020-2021 season.

The decision comes with the full support of the university’s Board of Visitors, with W&M being at least the 24th Division 1 school to cut a program (or more) since the COVID-19 outbreak in March.

W&M laid out the financial implications of keeping the seven eliminated sports, including $5.84 million to sustain the teams at a “nationally competitive varsity level.” Furthermore, “any endowment to fund those programs at that level would need to be approximately $150 million,” according to the letter.

Both the men’s and women’s gymnastics teams were explicitly cited when discussing the criteria that was considered when making the decision, particularly “viability as an NCAA sport.”

A formal statement released on the school’s main website alluded to the low number of NCAA gymnastics teams for both the men and women (13 and 61, respectively, as it stands today) as its main reason for dropping both gymnastics teams, specifically.

Neither team’s official social media pages have posted or commented on the announcement. Meanwhile, the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) has released a statement on the matter and is calling for gymnastics supporters and fans to help the remaining men’s NCAA teams by donating.

You can donate to the CGA here.

William & Mary’s announcement is just the latest in a string of decisions by colleges to cut NCAA gymnastics teams, with the University of Alaska, Anchorage (women) and the University of Iowa (men) being dropped last week.

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