University of Northern Iowa baseball will depend on the kindness of strangers. Or friends. Or casual acquaintances.
The program is on life-support, and that support would be $1.2 million raised by mid-April to secure at least three more years of existence.
That’s a huge chore. But if we’re to believe all the pledges posted at http://supportunibaseball.com/, over $100,000 has been raised at that site alone in the last several days.
As you scan the pledge list, Perfect Game Baseball of Cedar Rapids has committed $25,000 alone. But what’s more interesting to me is all the people who have pledged $500 or $1,000.
This is touching nerves throughout Eastern Iowa and beyond.
For an NPR audio report on college athletic departments facing budget cuts (with the UNI baseball situation mentioned):