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In 2009, in response to the recession, the Institute made significant budget cuts in athletics. The ski team lost varsity status as a result, meaning a drastic reduction in funding from MIT. However, thanks to generous alumni donations and increased self-funding by athletes, it has remained financially viable and continues to fuel our athletes’ passion for the sport.
In each season since the 2009 loss of MIT varsity funding, the team leadership carefully weighs its expenses and has consistently operated under budget, setting ambitious fundraising goals to cover season costs and save for future capital expenses and long-term sustainability (race gear, uniforms, endowment). Each year, athletes pay about $450 for their season pass, food, and lodging, and they would appreciate your help in closing the funding gap.
To make a donation to the team, donate directly or use the Alpine Skiing fund code (2721322) on the MIT Giving website.
For more information on the team’s financial situation, please email fundraising chair Julie Arsenault with questions.
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Thanks for your help and continuing support for the MIT Ski Team!