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To alumni and friends of the Earlham football program,

As you may have heard, the Board of Trustees met Oct. 17-18 and agreed to support my recommendation to keep the football program at Earlham on hold for at least the next two years. The discussion was thoughtful, with the ultimate conclusion that it is not in the best interest of the College and its students to restart football at this time. We truly understand the special bonds that were forged among the players and sense of “community within a community” that developed out of your shared experience. This decision did not come easily or lightly, but only after careful consideration of the report that the Football Review Committee submitted last spring.

The key message from that report is this: if football is going to be successful and provide a good experience for student athletes, the College needs to support the program fully and without reservation. We would need to be prepared to invest significantly more budget in the program, hire a larger coaching staff with the skills to be successful at Earlham, recruit many more student-athletes and seek ways of supporting the program that have previously been absent. Given the College’s current financial situation, it would not be prudent to make such a commitment at this time.

Please be assured that I will revisit the future of football at Earlham in two years, confident that the College will be in a stronger financial position at that time.

If you made a gift or pledge in support of football, you can expect to hear from our Institutional Advancement Office soon. We want to follow up with you to understand your wishes and make you aware of all your options. I know that this is a difficult and painful time for those who care about Earlham football, but I also know that this is an opportunity for our community to learn from past missteps and grow stronger. Thank you for your fierce loyalty to the football program and for making your voices heard.


Anne Houtman

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