ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The University of Alaska Board of Regents met again Tuesday in Anchorage to discuss how they plan to tackle a 41 percent funding cut from the state.
The future of college athletics in the state of Alaska will be heavily dictated by the decisions of the regents -- as well as Gov. Mike Dunleavy's veto decisions in the next few days. University of Alaska Anchorage athletes and alumni used the hashtag #AkLeg to explain how playing college sports has impacted their lives.
Here are portions of what athletes and alumni posted and shared on Twitter.
Morgan Hooe -- UAA Volleyball coach/former player
“@UAAVolleyball led the nation in attendance, broke over 20 school records in 2015/16, produced numerous All-Americans, GNAC champs, West Region champs, National Runner-ups and POYs! So @MikeDunleavyGov please try to justify cutting athletics like they don’t matter.”
Tere Alonso – UAA Gymnastics
“We are fighting for this program. UAA has given me the opportunity of a lifetime. Pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering while continuing to do the sport I love has taught me so many life lessons. People say Alaskans are tough and resilient—we may not all be from Alaska be we sure do act like it. Regardless of what happens, we want feel we did everything we could. We will continue to speak out, reach out, and show up. We are fighting for this program…and I am fighting for my team.”
Tobin Karlberg – UAA Men’s Basketball player
“I was inspired as I grew up watching UAA games. I’m very thankful to be able to compete as a seawolf now. The opportunity for local kids to further education while representing they’re home state on the athletic field is just one of many special opportunities that UAA offers. It would be a shame to see future student athletes not have the same opportunity available to them.”
Shaina Afoa –Women’s Basketball coach
“While I can go on and talk about the players who have gone through our program, this place is truly something special. I cannot even express the devastation that I believe Alaska will be in if we follow through with the severe cuts.”
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