Vulcans teams get reprieve

April 13th, 2009  |  by  |  Published in Sports

Hilo golfer Nicole Aoki

Junior Nicole Aoki

Two University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo athletic teams have won another year of play, thanks to the generosity of community supporters and Hilo coaches.

Suspension of men’s tennis and women’s golf, slated for fall 2009, has been put off until fall 2010.

“The level of fundraising support has been unprecedented and overwhelming,” says Luoluo Hong, vice chancellor for student affairs and acting athletic director. Fundraising will cover operating costs for both programs, reduced expenditures in the Athletic Department budget will support a minimal number of scholarships.

“Every other team in the department is giving up something so men’s tennis and women’s golf can remain active for another year,” Hong says.

Neither sport is sponsored by the Pacific West Conference.

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