UNCW Statement Regarding the Track and Field Program

Monday, August 10, 2015

The following statement is issued by Chancellor Jose Sartarelli.

For the past several months, UNCW has engaged in extensive dialogue both internally and with the community regarding potential options for solidifying the future of track and field. In examining what a continued program might look like, the goal remained steady: to provide the best possible student-athlete experience within our current portfolio and with the resources available.
Today I am pleased to announce that the track and field program will continue to be offered for the long term, beyond the already-guaranteed 2015-2016 season. By continuing to be strategic and playing on the strengths of the program, we believe the university's existing resources will go further in supporting our student-athletes' academic goals, athletic performance, and overall health and well-being. The need for renovation of our facilities is very real but we are confident that, alongside the community and with continued support from our private donors, current and new, we will find the funds to address that need.
This university’s top priority will always be the education and stewardship of our students, which of course includes our student-athletes. We can¹t do that alone. It is more critical than ever for the Seahawk community, locally and beyond, to step up and support our students, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with all of you toward a successful, sustainable Athletics program at UNCW.