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Fundraising Effort: The Time Is Now

We are accepting pledges toward endowing the Stanford men's and women's wrestling program right now. Several very generous pledges have come in already, and we are making strong progress toward our $30M objective. However, there is much ground to cover. Every gift moves us closer to our goal of sustaining the Stanford wrestling program for generations to come. Please do not let this opportunity pass, as we do not expect to be afforded another.

Pledges can be submitted directly via the Keep Stanford Wrestling website ( If you have questions about the endowment strategy or wish to discuss a major gift, please email us at, and a KSW representative will get in touch with you. If you've committed to giving, and have had ample time to consider how best to maximize the impact of your gift, please consider making your pledge (here) today. Thank you!


A trio of Stanford wrestling All-Americans (Real Woods-141, Shane Griffith-165 & Nathan Traxler-197) were mentioned in the top 10 of WIN Magazine's preseason rankings. Stanford was tabbed #16 as a team. The complete rankings can be seen here.

In case you missed it, KSW co-chair, Patricia Miranda ('01) connected with San Francisco Chronicle columnist, Ann Killion to discuss Stanford's decision to cut 11 varsity athletic teams. That article is located here. Miranda was also featured in this week's USA Wrestling History Lesson. The series highlights one athlete that has wrapped up his/her wrestling career, sharing the impact that they've had on the sport. That story can be accessed here.

Alumni Testimonial: Josh Lauderdale '15

To say that wrestling at Stanford changed my life would be an understatement. Upon learning the athletic department had reached the decision to drop the wrestling program from its athletic offerings, I could not help but feel for those student-athletes who come from similar backgrounds as myself. The decision made by Athletic Director Bernard Muir and the University to drop wrestling deeply impacts students from underserved rural communities. Wrestling has long been an avenue for students from these communities, such as myself, as a gateway to a quality education that would otherwise be inaccessible.

My first experience in school was a public institution that had elementary, junior, and senior high students in the same building.  An entire grade was no larger than 30 students. In high school I moved to a larger district, where my class size grew from 30 to 90, and, fortunately, the high school was no longer connected to the elementary. Although larger, it was the kind of school where you knew everyone and everyone participated in multiple sports because otherwise we would not have had a team. I was a good student, but the facts remained that my school only offered one AP class and opportunities to prove myself academically were few and far between. The county was, and still is, poor compared to the rest of the state, and the majority of students entered the military or trade school upon graduation. College was far-fetched for many students, and attending a place like Stanford was an impossibility. The fact was, I could join every club, be on the ASB, and be at the top of my class, but for some colleges I was at the wrong school in the wrong area. I’ll never forget a recruiter telling me that the only way I could get into the university was to transfer to a private prep school. I know that I would have never attended Stanford had it not been for wrestling.

My arrival at and initiation into Stanford was incredibly overwhelming. Suddenly, I was surrounded by students who were exceptional in every way. They bragged about the number of AP classes they took or the internships they had while in high school. Whenever I explained the type of school I went to, my classmates would be shocked that I got into Stanford from a public school. I felt like a fish out of water. Was I really worthy of being at a university like Stanford? It took some time, but I slowly began to realize that I did bring something to Stanford. My experiences and perspective benefited my classmates as much as their knowledge helped me grow. After four years I graduated from Stanford with an engineering degree and with friendships with people from all over the world, but more importantly I left with the knowledge and drive to do great things in this world.

Stanford has always touted itself as a university for all people, regardless of background, with a drive to succeed at the highest levels both academically and athletically. However, Stanford’s decision to drop wrestling runs counter to this mission. It is a short-sighted decision that fails to account for the long-term impact it will have on students and the wrestling community as a whole. To have an inclusive school that brings together great minds from all backgrounds, Stanford must provide opportunities for those from nontraditional backgrounds. Wrestling helps student-athletes from small, rural communities not only compete at the highest level in sport but obtain a life-changing degree. The reach of a Stanford wrestling program impacts not only the wrestler but their families and community. It demonstrates to young students that a place like Stanford is not so far out of reach, and the degrees athletes receive have the power to revitalize the communities they return to and break cycles of generational poverty.

The decision to end the Stanford Wrestling program impacts the sport of wrestling nationally and deals a devastating blow to current Stanford wrestlers. It ends educational opportunities for young men and women who could have used wrestling as a means to a quality college education, and it sends a message that Stanford's commitment to diversity and excellence does not apply when times are tough.

Josh Lauderdale earned his BS in Electrical Engineering in 2015. He was a 4-year letter winner, All-Academic Pac-12, and a Coach's Award recipient. Josh currently works in Spokane, WA as an electrical engineering consultant.

#CardinalCaliber Service

Current Stanford wrestling co-captain, Haydn Maley wanted to do something to help the communities impacted by the fires burning in Oregon. A Roseburg, Oregon native himself, Haydn (second from the left in the middle image above) teamed up with the Roseburg Mat Club and members of the Glide community to help clean up the damage done by the Archie Creek Fire. The group spent Sunday, September 13th putting out fires within the already burned area in order to make it safe for residents to return to their homes.

How You Can Help

Please keep in mind that this is our opportunity to preserve the legacy of Stanford wrestling for future generations. With that in mind, please take as many of the following actions as you are able:
  1. Make a pledge of financial support here. Ask someone you know to make a pledge.
  2. Write an email/letter to the university decision makers. Please review the KSW Correspondence Guide prior to drafting your email/letter to ensure your efforts have the greatest impact.
  3. Follow/Endorse/Share KSW on the communication platforms you use--FacebookTwitterInstagram & websiteThe preferred hashtag is #KeepStanfordWrestling.
  4. Sign and share the KSW petition.
  5. *Alumni, if you feel comfortable sharing, write a testimonial on how Stanford wrestling has impacted your life in a positive way. Email it to so we can use it in our messaging.
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