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.
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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My journey to Stanford wrestling was enticed by my attraction to extremes, but also a process of elimination. I am a Brazilian with no knack for soccer...
In order to fully understand the gravity of importance of the Stanford Wrestling Program in my life, as well as the lives of its alumni, current and future student-athletes, it is helpful...
Wrestling has been an integral defining and enabling aspect of my life, character and philosophy. It has helped me overcome extreme adversity in life and has set me up for success in so many ways.
My career with Stanford wrestling was improbable. It was untouched by victory. It was and remains one of the greatest prides of my life.
I am one of the few who through the sport of wrestling have been able to beat the odds, and for the past 20 years since graduating from Stanford...
My name is Jaden Abas.
I am a Sophomore currently ranked 12th in the country on a team poised to achieve the program’s highest finish in Stanford history.
Of the teams I’ve been a part of, I consider belonging to America’s most elite special operations unit and the Stanford Wrestling program to be greatest accomplishments.
Walking on to the Stanford wrestling team validated my years and years of discipline, focus, and sacrifice—my years and years of living and internalizing the manifold values and life lessons...
I knew from a young age that Stanford’s academic prestige and competitive D1 wrestling...
I am not in any record books and may not even be mentioned anywhere..
I am from Manchester, Michigan, a small village of only about 2,000 people....
Every now and then you can spot a poor kid from some no-name town walking through the Stanford campus..
School, farm, and wrestling became my life’s focuses; as my cauliflower ear grew, so did my identity as a wrestler...
Wrestling saved my family, and Stanford Wrestling gave me a second one...
To say that wrestling at Stanford changed my life would be an understatement...
There are few schools like Stanford, schools that excel in academics and athletics. As a shy Mexican American kid from a low income household, I grew up not having much and with few opportunities.
Today, I have degrees from Stanford and Harvard and am currently posted to my sixth overseas assignment where I have the privilege of representing our country as a United States Diplomat...
Opportunities to leave Montana and North Dakota are rare, if not unheard of, and wrestling became my instrument to experience the world.
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. Any and all contributions are appreciated.
Make a pledge online or download our commitment form and fundraising strategy presentation here. For major gifts, please contact us.
While emails alone will not ultimately determine our success, a steady influx of them can
help those working behind the scenes find more sympathetic ears if written appropriately.
Please read our correspondence guide in its entirety before you start. Maintaining a respectful tone is crucial at this juncture.
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