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Letter: Canisius alumni may reconsider donations

Canisius alumni may reconsider donations

I recently read The News article regarding three members of the Canisius College Women’s Volleyball Team failing to stand for the national anthem at NCAA-sanctioned games at Koessler and Gallagher Athletic Centers. Does the Alumni Office have an opinion on this?

These athletes compare their protest to NFL players who kneel during the anthem. There is little comparison since the football players are risking million-dollar salaries, lucrative endorsements and the worldwide popularity of their persona and their sport.

I suggest that the Canisius protesters can make an impact by relinquishing their tuition and board scholarships ($50,000 plus). The college could then use that money to fund needy inner-city students who are not big enough or strong enough to merit Division 1 athletic scholarships. These students may appreciate this opportunity to obtain a Jesuit education and contribute to the social and moral awareness that Canisius stands for in more positive and universal ways.

If these type of protests become part of NCAA sports events around the country, the foundations and individual benefactors whose names appear on dormitories, libraries and campus buildings may not be so generous.

Henry Conforti

West Seneca

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