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Dozens rally to save previously cut UNM sports programs

Tessa Mentus
August 16, 2018 10:15 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Dozens of people rallied at the University of New Mexico, calling for the Board of Regents to save the sports programs they originally cut.

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“If the regents didn't realize it at the time of the first meeting, just how important these sports were to this community, they certainly know now,” said a supporter of UNM sports programs.

Athletes from skiing, women’s beach volleyball, and diving were all in attendance.

They said they are ready to fight for a second chance.

“They're choosing to cut our sports when we had no say in that matter,” said a UNM athlete.

They all are asking the regents to listen to their concerns before making a decision.

“The worst thing the regents could do is just rubber stamp their prior vote. That would really be a slap in the face to these student-athletes and to this community,” said an organizer of the rally.

The popular UNM men’s soccer team was not at the rally because they have an out-of-state game, but organizers read a letter from the team that thanked New Mexicans for all their support.

Friday’s meeting is set for 1 p.m.

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