As you have probably already heard, the University of Alaska administration is proposing to cut the UAF and UAA cross country ski teams as part of a cost-cutting measure. The UAF Nanooks are close partners with the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks. Our joint Ski Fest is coming up in just a couple of weeks on November 12. Skiers who have passed through our Junior Nordics and FXC programs have earned spots, including scholarships, on the Nanooks.
The proposal has a couple of hurdles to clear before it becomes reality.
- The UA Board of Regents must approve it.
- The NCAA Membership Committee must approve a waiver that would allow each campus to have less than the minimum 10 team sports.
If you would like to comment or otherwise take action on this proposal, here are some things you can do:
- Sign an online petition that will be delivered to the NCAA:
- Testify to the Board of Regents (The oral testimony deadline is past, but you can still submit written comments. See below.)
The next meeting is November 10-11.
Oral testimony is not taken during full board meetings. Recorded comments for the next meeting will be taken on Monday, October 31, 4-6pm. Comments are limited to two minutes. For more information see: https://www.alaska.edu/bor/public-testimony/
- Contact the chairman of the appropriate NCAA Committee
For more on the proposal to cut cross country skiing from UA athletics, see the following stories:
- UAF seeks NCAA waiver; may cut Nordic ski programs (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
- University of Alaska budget ax falls on skiing and indoor track (Alaska Dispatch News)
- Skiing community speaks out about UA cut to sport (KTUU Anchorage)