MCTC’s intercollegiate men’s and women’s basketball teams historically have been funded through Student Senate’s Student Life fees, but this year budget challenges led to the decision to seek private funding.
In July, the College formed an Intercollegiate Fundraising Committee and actively solicited grants and donations of $118,000 from employees, businesses and foundations to keep the teams operating for the following season.
In October, with only five gifts and pledges in hand, and grant requests from sports oriented organizations including the Timberwolves Fast Break Foundation and the Nike Foundation that were turned down, it became clear that the March goal would not be reached.
MCTC's president gathered the faculty president and student senate president to discuss this scenario and, as a result, the three agreed to suspend fundraising for intercollegiate basketball and to close the basketball program after the 2009-10 season.
The College’s enrollment has grown nearly 50 percent in the past six years, while state support has shifted. This has led and will continue to lead to difficult decisions for the College. There is no doubt that the basketball program has been important in many of the players’ lives. They’ll remember it as pivotal, as many students do for several of MCTC's academic and extracurricular programs.
Please join us in celebrating the final season of MCTC's basketball program. Visit www.minneapolis.edu for game times and locations.