WLU discontinues varsity volleyball

April 29, 2011

Wilfrid Laurier University announced Friday it will discontinue its men's and women's varsity volleyball teams, freeing up approximately $112,000 a year to address the growing student demand for recreation and intramural sports activities, and to help keep other varsity sports competitive. WLU will maintain the affected students' sport-related scholarships in the coming fall term to help them continue their education at the institution. The university will also offer assistance to those student-athletes looking to transition to another sport or pursue their volleyball aspirations elsewhere. In recent years, WLU's Athletics & Recreation department has sought to boost revenue and reduce costs in a number of ways, including increases to the participation fee paid by student-athletes and the introduction of a self-funded "pay to play" model for 8 varsity sports. WLU News Release