The Athletics Department announced on May 2 that it was closing the baseball and women’s soccer programs. Dean of Student Affairs Travis Imel, ’00 & G-’02, explained in an email message to the university community that “Athletics is steadfastly committed to regularly evaluating its sports offerings, recognizing the importance of staying aligned with evolving needs and trends in our student body and sports team viability. It is with a heavy heart that a decision was made to close our baseball and women’s soccer programs, effective immediately.” 

“While this decision was extraordinarily difficult, we want to express our sincere gratitude to all the student-athletes, coaches, staff, and supporters who have been involved with our baseball and women’s soccer programs over the years. Your dedication, passion, and hard work have been instrumental in shaping the athletic culture at Gallaudet University, and your contributions will always be remembered and valued,” Imel continued.

“While we bid farewell to these programs, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a diverse and inclusive athletic experience for all Gallaudet students. We will continue to support our remaining sports programs and will be making an announcement soon with new opportunities to enhance the Athletics program offerings on campus.”

Imel thanked “everyone who has been a part of our baseball and women’s soccer programs for their invaluable contributions and unwavering support. Your passion and dedication embody the spirit of Gallaudet University, and we look forward to continuing our journey together as we strive for excellence in all aspects of student life.”

Read the original announcement on the Athletics website.

Watch the video announcement of the program closures on YouTube.

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