Once upon a time I was a four year letterman and captain of the Men's Track and Field team at the University of Richmond from 2004-2008.
In the fall of 2012 UR announced that it was cutting the Men's Track and Field and Men's Soccer programs to make way for a trustee-sponsored Men's Lacrosse team.
For years, non-revenue sports have come under scrutiny at the Division I level. However, the rationale for eliminating two academically and athletically successful programs at the University of Richmond had less to do with budgets and Title IX than it did the motives of several powerful members of the University community.
Most troubling about the situation, the decision to eliminate the two programs was done in private and without the voices of those who would be ultimately affected.
As a response, I co-founded We Are Richmond Track and Field, an alumni group who sought a dialogue when none was allowed and brought a disenfranchised university community together to help Bring Back Track.
What began as a social media campaign about transparency, We Are Richmond Track and Field soon became fodder for local news, Runner's World, Running Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education among other publications.
Writer / designer: Neil Slotterback