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Swimming Progam Gets new Lease on Life

ASU Men Swimmers Saved

Tempe, AZ , July 15th, 2008

Arizona State University Vice President for Athletics Lisa Love announced Tuesday, July 15, 2008 that the athletic department is fully reinstating the sport of varsity men’s swimming, effective immediately, due to financial support from various donors across the globe. The sport of wrestling had been reinstated on May 23, 2008.

“It is comforting to know that we have had two separate sports communities step up and raise enough funds to support these programs,” says Love. “This is both remarkable and special in that, for the second time, passionate alumni are giving back to protect the future of an ASU varsity sport that not only served them well, but, as of today, will continue to serve future athletes."

Arizona State University had announced on May 13, 2008 that it was discontinuing the sport of men’s swimming, along with wrestling and men’s tennis, due to the rising cost of operating a 22-sport varsity program. Men’s diving was never affected by the decision. It was determined at that time that sponsoring a 20-sport program would better fit ASU’s athletic financial profile. Love indicated at the time that if the either of the sports’ communities were able to raise enough financial support the sport could be reinstated. Wrestling was reinstated due to financial support from local civic leadership. Swimming has now followed the suit and will continue to be a varsity sport at Arizona State in 2008-09.

Love said that fundraising for the sport of men’s swimming will be an ongoing process. The objective is not just to sponsor men’s swimming as a varsity sport, but to position the sport as one of the top programs in the country.

The campaign to endow the programs continues. Send contributions to:

ASU Swimming Foundation

1966 E. Los Arboles Dr.

Tempe, AZ 85284

Also include your full name return address and an email address along with your check! thanks!

Uniforms in 2011, Fear the fork

New ASU Logo Raises Gang Concerns

We’ve stated from the beginning we aren’t a fan of Arizona State’s new “Fear the Fork” football uniforms, but there’s another problem with them you won’t believe.

A former ASU alum and Chicago policeman Kenneth Epic was quoted in the Arizona Republic saying that he’s concerned a Chi-town gang called “the Satan Disciples” are going to start donning Arizona State clothing because of the similarities between logos of the two, raising concerns that others could be unintended victims of gang wars if they wear the new ASU gear.

Said ASU associate AD Steve Hank: “If they were to use it in that way, we would take all legal action to protect our mark.”

Call us crazy, but we don’t think threatening a gang with a lawsuit will help much.

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