A few weeks after Bowling Green State University announced the discontinuation of the school’s baseball program as part of an effort to trim $2 million from the athletic budget, BGSU is reversing the decision, according to a press release from the school on Tuesday.
The decision to reinstate the program comes after a group of BGSU baseball alumni created a fundraiser with the goal of sustaining the program as part of a five-year plan.
“After very positive and productive dialogue with alumni and former student-athletes nationwide, Bowling Green State University is pleased to reinstate its baseball program effective immediately,” the release said. “In just days, our passionate baseball alumni and donors have committed $1.5 million over the next three years. During this time, the University, in partnership with a select group of baseball alumni, will pursue a long-term funding solution to sustain and support the program.
“BGSU is grateful for its alumni and friends who have stepped up during this difficult time to ensure their alma mater is positioned to thrive on the other side of the current COVID-19 crisis. We are inspired by the efforts of our baseball alumni, and we look forward to continuing to cultivate and reinvigorate all BGSU alumni. We are excited for Opening Day in the spring. Ay Ziggy Zoomba!”