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*85% of Division I institutions sponsor men’s track and field, including 18 newly sponsored programs in the past four years.
*Women’s track and field has more participants than any other Division I women’s sport according to the NCAA’s most recent participation study, which covered the 1998-99 school year.
*Men’s track and field (9,365 participants) is second to football in the number of student-athlete participants.
*Track and field is the greatest student participation sport in the United States. Over 1.6 million high school and postgraduate athletes compete in track and field and cross-country throughout the 50 states.
*Perhaps most interesting is the overwhelming impact that track and field has in ensuring minority participation opportunities. Less than one-fourth of all participants in all Division I sports are members of ethnic minorities. In contrast, more than one-third of all track and field student-athletes are ethnic minorities.
Total Operating Budget by Team
Men’s Operating Expenses or “Game Day Expenses”
Analysis of Men’s Track & Field Operating Budget
The men's program has played a pivotal role in not only the development of the UVM women's team, but its ongoing success.
The first wave of women (Val Gardner, Carol Degan, Janet Lynch, and Janet Terp) greatly benefited from practicing and competing with the men's team. These women could not have achieved the regional and national prominence they were able to without the encouragement and support of their fellow male teammates. The early success of these women is responsible for the reputation UVM now enjoys as being one of the top intercollegiate programs in the New England and Eastern areas. We continue to early this reputation today and the men's program is directly responsible for this success.
Because the first women trained and competed with the men, the women's program has never viewed itself as a separate entity but rather as part of one program -- The UVM Track and Field Program. This ethos has served both the men and women exceedingly well.
I believe, and know that my former female teammates would agree with me, that the ongoing success of the women's team is truly dependent upon the men. The opportunity to train side by side with men, who are generally physically stronger and faster than women, only elevates a woman's performance during practice and in competition. I know that I would not have been as successful an athlete had it not been for the opportunity to train with fellow male jumpers, sprinters and multi-event athletes.
Additionally, our ability to successfully recruit some of the very best female athletes from around the country is due to the early success these women pioneers experienced with the track program. Again, I am not sure this would have been possible were it not for the relationship that developed early on between the men and women.
Title 9 - Gender Equity Analysis – Participation
Division of Student Affairs Diversity Initiative
Diversity Initiative on Race and
*To attract, recruit and enroll students of color to attend UVM.
*To retain students of color.
*To attract, recruit, and select students of color for leadership positions and student employment opportunities.
Men’s and Women’s Giving Totals for Past 6 Years
Recent Athletic Achievement
Since intercollegiate T&F dual meet competition is infrequent, breaking records and conference meet achievements represents the best measurements of performance.
Record Breaking Performances – Past 3 years
Indoors - 9 School Records Broken
Outdoors – 5 School Records Broken
Conference Performance – Top 3
Spring 2000 – America East Outdoor Track and Field MVP – Jeff Guilmette - UVM
I reviewed our situation with Jim Boulanger, Director of Track and Field at UNH. He expected the call and was up to date about the issues and anxious to help. In jest he stated that he " would be very disappointed if he couldn't look forward to beating Vermont in future track meets". I explained to him that we understood that UNH had undertaken a Track and Field fundraiser last year, to help insure that their new track could be completed.
Highlights from the discussion:
· UNH's Track program in many ways parallels the program at UVM. Their annual budget for Men's X Country and Track and Field is $37K (versus $27K at UVM). They have a single Director of T & F, like UVM, and have faced similar financial challenges. In fact, UNH considering dropping Men's T & F a few years ago, but did not once it was pointed out to them that T & F had the highest content of in state participants of any sport at UNH.
· Until this year, they had no Men's Scholarships. They now have 3 Men's scholarships. UNH also had a very poor track, and had not held a track meet on campus for 20 years! Other schools refused to come to their facility due to concern about injuries to participants and the general poor conditions. Unlike Vermont, UNH supports a football program and the track was an integrated part of the stadium, and the total project cost over $2.0 Million.
· Development at UNH did not believe that the T & F program could raise sufficient funds to meet the funding final funding requirement of $500K to complete their track. In fact, they discouraged their proposed fundraising plans.
· The fundraiser kicked off started in Nov, 2000 and ended in March, 2001. They started with a single mailer to about 900 individuals associated in someway with the program. This is a similar number to the 850 that we have at UVM. The letter was professionally written and began with a request to match the $1000 donated by the coach. All those who donated were offered the opportunity to be credited with Gold, Silver or Bronze status as key contributors to the track fundraiser. All individuals who gave at least $100 would be noted with some form of memorial at the track.
· Jim noted that they generated about $238,000 in the first 7 weeks, with about 250 persons participating. He also noted that of these participants 64% or 160 had never given to the University. In the end about 190 individuals gave $1000 or more. By March, 2001 they reached close to $500k with $90K of this in pledges. At that point they considered sending out another letter but have not yet. This year's America East Championships will be held at UNH - the first on campus track meet in 20 years.
· Jim offered to allow us access to his letters, plan, follow-up information and track newsletter. I expressed appreciation at this and promised a prompt follow up.
I believe that there are enough parallels with UNH (size, history, state university) that we can be confident about our ability to raise a similar amount of money, especially if we have a compelling message that this is the only way to return Men's Track and Field to UVM.
Our message is compelling and important to all former and associated members of UVM Track and Field.