STANFORD, Calif. (KGO) -- Stanford announced Tuesday that, due to an "improved financial picture," it will no longer discontinue 11 varsity athletic teams at the end of the academic year.
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"We have new optimism based on new circumstances, including vigorous and broad-based philanthropic interest in Stanford Athletics on the part of our alumni, which have convinced us that raising the increased funds necessary to support all 36 of our varsity teams is an approach that can succeed," said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.
The 11 teams - men's and women's fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men's rowing, co-ed and women's sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men's volleyball and wrestling - will continue competing as varsity teams at Stanford.
Leaders pointed out that structural financial challenges for the athletic program still remain very real despite this positive news.