Letter to the Editor: Alum still supports TU soccer
I get it, American football is the biggest commercialized sport in America and it is so highly influenced by the extreme amount of money that is put into the sport and the profits earned by the companies and individuals that support it. So yes, in theory, if you can raise the level and recognition of a University football team that University will gain more recognition on the national scale. But I ask, at what cost
I played soccer, or better known as the world’s game of football, at Towson University and due to this controversial decision that American football is the way to recognition for Towson University, my alma maters men’s soccer program is on the chopping block. Let’s just say that Towson will lose an overwhelming support both financially and intrinsically from the Men’s Soccer and Baseball Alumni groups that can never be gained back if the University goes forward with the decision to cut the men’s soccer and baseball programs. A final decision to cut Men’s Soccer and Baseball teams will leave so many Towson sports alum, family members of current Towson students and graduates, and members of the Baltimore community with a highly-negative opinion of Towson University and the new direction Mike Waddell is seeking for the TU athletic program.
I along with so many of my fellow alumni had a great experience at Towson University. I had the opportunity to play in the NCAA Sweet 16 as a member of TU men’s soccer program against powerhouse Wake Forest and also made my first trip abroad with Towson to play in England against premiership reserve teams. I made my decision to attend Towson to play D1 soccer from out of state and didn’t know anyone at the school or in the area upon my arrival. I met my wife at TU and we quite often return to campus to relive our glory years and my wife only gave me a chance because I was on the men’s soccer team. I made many lifelong friends with teammates that I keep in touch with regularly from all over the country and all around the world while playing at TU. I have supported both the TU men’s soccer program and Towson University emotionally and through financially contributions as an alum. All the positive lifelong memories that I cherish from my time spent at Towson will be tainted if they decide that the school is better off without the men’s soccer program.
Does the University really want to have this kind of public standing with committed, passionate, and loyal members of its alumni like myself and many others? By getting rid of the men’s soccer and baseball programs at TU, there will be a significant decreased public opinion of Towson University throughout the region and Maryland among so many Towson graduates, students and community members dating back generations and many decades. So I ask President Loeschke, is Mike Wadell’s personal career agenda more important than this significantly large group of current student athletes and TU Alumni that will lose respect, discontinue support, and halt financial contributions for Towson University if Mr. Waddell’s recommended direction for TU the Athletic Programs is championed by you and the University?
I just hope to see and will be extremely excited for the first home TU men’s soccer game next season. Go Tigers!