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Tulsa Public Schools proposes cutting various athletic programs

Posted at 8:32 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 09:25:15-04

TULSA -- Cutting the fun out of school? That's the concern for some parents as Tulsa Public Schools announced proposed cuts to various athletic programs Monday night.

Almost every high school in the district may see an athletic program go.

"I remember that field vividly," former TPS student Donna McCarty said. 

There may be no one in the bleachers or on the field, but for Donna McCarty the memories are still clear as day.

"We were in the city championships, the game was tied 2-2 into extra innings," McCarty said. "I hit that ball right over second base and got a homerun and we won the game."

Proposed budget cuts by Tulsa Public Schools show getting rid of a number of athletic programs. One is possibly the baseball program at Hale High School.

"We were pretty good as a team and that did a lot for more socially," McCarty said. 

An option McCarty wants her 3-year-old grandson Jase to be able to make himself

"It is sad for our kids," she said. 

Across the park, sits Sherry Ross. She graduated from Booker T. Washington in 1969.

"My grandson wrestles, so I wouldn't want that cut," she said. 

The schools wrestling program is potentially on the chopping block.

"We had one of our guys go to the Olympics and won so it's very important," Ross said. 

A chart from the school district shows the list of potential deductions.

"A lot of students get involved into sports at my age so they can get like scholarships for colleges and just get noticed," DOVE Science Academy freshman Jermaine Bruner said. 

The National Federation of State High School Associations says students who play sports in high school are more likely be to engaged in the community.

"If we don't get involved inside of something that keeps us going, then it might make us lack in school," Bruner said. 

For now, the community wonders what may be next.

No final decisions have been made at this time. A final decision will be made at the may 15th board meeting.

Here is the chart from TPS on possible cuts to athletic programs:

School

Proposed continuations

Proposed eliminations

Central

Football

Boys and Girls Cross Country Cheer

Pom

Boys and Girls Basketball

Boys and Girls Track

Boys and Girls Soccer

Boys and Girls Golf

Boys and Girls Tennis

Softball

Baseball

Wrestling

Volleyball

East Central

Football

Boys and Girls Cross Country

Girls Volleyball

Wrestling

Boys and Girls Basketball

Cheer

Pom

Boys and Girls Track

Boys and Girls Tennis

Boys and Girls Soccer

Baseball

Softball

Boys and Girls Golf

Edison

Football

Girls Softball

Boys and Girls Cross Country

Girls Volleyball

Cheer

Pom

Wrestling

Boys and Girls Basketball

Baseball

Boys and Girls Track

Boys and Girls Tennis

Boys and Girls Golf

Boys and Girls Soccer

None

Hale

Boys and Girls Cross Country Football

Volleyball

Boys and Girls Basketball

Cheer

Pom

Boys and Girls Track

Boys and Girls Soccer

Softball

Baseball

Wrestling

Boys and Girls Tennis

Boys and Girls Golf

McLain

Football

Boys and Girls Cross Country

Girls Volleyball,

Boys and Girls Basketball

Wrestling

Cheer

Pom

Boys and Girls Track

Boys and Girls Soccer

Softball

Boys and Girls Golf

Boys and Girls Tennis

Baseball

Memorial

Football

Girls Softball

Boys and Girls Cross Country Girls Volleyball

Cheer

Pom

Boys and Girls Basketball

Baseball

Boys and Girls Track

Boys and Girls Tennis

Boys Golf

Boys and Girls Soccer

Wrestling

Girls Golf

Boys and Girls Swimming

Rogers

Football

Boys and Girls Cross Country

Softball

Volleyball

Boys and Girls Basketball

Boys and Girls Track

Baseball

Boys and Girls Soccer

Boys and Girls Golf

Boys and Girls Tennis

Washington

Football

Girls Softball

Boys and Girls Cross Country

Girls Volleyball

Cheer

Pom

Boys and Girls Swimming

Boys and Girls Basketball

Baseball

Boys and Girls Track

Boys and Girls Tennis

Boys and Girls Golf

Boys and Girls Soccer

Wrestling

Webster

Football

Volleyball

Boys and Girls Cross Country

Cheer

Pom

Boys and Girls Basketball

Wrestling

Boys and Track

Baseball

Boys and Girls Soccer

Boys and Girls Tennis

Boys and Girls Golf

Softball

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