Keep Stanford



In July 2020, Stanford University announced its intention to eliminate 11 Varsity sports at the conclusion of the 2021 season, including wrestling, citing “finances and competitive excellence” as the primary drivers for this decision. This conclusion was reached in private, without consulting the student-athletes, coaches and alumni who care deeply about these programs and have contributed meaningfully to Stanford’s athletic success. We are prepared to present the University with a superior alternative, offering our resources and creativity to ensure the secure and permanent preservation of wrestling at Stanford.

Our Plan

With the support of our community and in coordination with the administration, we plan to independently finance Varsity wrestling through a full endowment while ensuring that the University is in full compliance with Title IX. Instead of losing a quintessential sport with a proud tradition of success, Stanford will be able to reduce its athletic budget while continuing to benefit from a competitively successful, diverse program and the contributions and goodwill of over 400 wrestling alumni and thousands of supporters.

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Ways to Help

We have a tremendous opportunity to securely and permanently endow a 100-year old program that will positively impact many, many lives for generations to come. This is a call to action for everyone involved, and there are many ways that you can help:


We are raising an endowment and adding women's wrestling to sustain Stanford Wrestling for another 100 years. For more information about our strategy, download our fundraising presentation and commitment form here. Additional questions about strategy or major gifts can be emailed to KSW here. Online pledges can be submitted below.


If you’ve already made your pledge and have the bandwidth to do more, send us an email indicating your interest in joining the KSW fundraising effort.


While correspondence alone will not ultimately determine our success, a steady influx of correspondence will help those working behind the scenes find more sympathetic ears, if written appropriately. Please read our KSW Email/Letter Guide in its entirety before you start. Maintaining a respectful tone throughout is crucial at this juncture.


It's important to keep the conversation around our efforts to keep the program at the forefront. Please follow Keep Stanford Wrestling on all of your social media platforms. Endorse, share, and comment on our information whenever possible.


Sign your name to the KSW petition. Then, share it within your networks to help spread awareness and show your support for Stanford Wrestling.