Temple Saves Two Sports Slated for Cuts

Men’s, women’s crew programs will survive budget cuts.

NBC10 reports that Temple has elected to save the men’s and women’s crew programs. The two sports were among a number—including  baseball, softball, men’s gymnastics, track and field and indoor track and field—that were announced as being cut following the 2013-14 school year.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the city, in a partnership with the Lenfest Foundation, would provide more than $5 million to restore and renovate the Temple Boathouse on Kelly Drive in East Fairmount Park.

The university announced plans to build a new boathouse in March 2012, but those plans were withdrawn in the spring of this year. A Temple spokesman said a new boathouse would have required a $10 million investment.

During his announcement on Monday, Nutter claimed the city committed $2.5 million to the renovation project while the Lenfest Foundation committed $3 million. The combined funding will provide renovated public restrooms, office and storage space for the Marine Police along with new lockers and boat storage for Temple’s crew teams. The funds will also be used for landscaping and the rebuilding of the parking lot.

Monday’s announcement means Temple will go from 24 varsity sports to 19.

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