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My Turn: UNCW relies on community support to fund athletics

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The group "Save UNCW Swimming and Diving" awarded the Seahawk Club with a $1,000 donation. The group "Save UNCW Swimming and Diving" awarded the Seahawk Club with a $1,000 donation.

(WECT) - The battles concerning the athletic teams at UNC Wilmington will remain on the field and in the pool instead of against the administration for now.

Chancellor Gary Miller decided to keep the 19 sports teams on campus despite growing money problems in the athletics department.  Now, as they say in sports, the ball is in your court.

Unless this community steps up and becomes as generous with their wallets as they have been with their opinions at the many community rallies to save these sports, we'll be in this same position come this time next year.

Miller has offered a chance, a challenge and an opportunity.  Donors, alumni and community supporters need to organize to find a way to help make our teams financially viable for the long term.  I'm curious to see how this situation will evolve over the next several months.

We've seen the passion.  Now it would be good to see some financial support.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.

 


 

Emailed comments from viewers:

Gave the University an opportunity?

How's that?

The students and athletes said "NO"

"No we will not sacrifice."

Coach Peterson said "No"

"No I won't take a pay cut to sustain other athletic endeavors."

The Boosters said "No".

"NO I won't give more lets ask businesses to give more."

UNCW student athletes and the sports department acted like spoiled children and Chancellor Miller let them get away with it.

They stomped their feet and said don't let it impact us – and he capitulated.

I am embarrassed and ashamed to say this university is a major cog in this community.

They should have acted more responsibly

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