Reinstatement of the Xavier University Rifle Team sign now

By signing this petition I hereby pledge my support to the Xavier University Rifle Team and the continuation of the sport at Xavier.

The Xavier University Rifle Team can trace its roots back to 1937 when the sport was first established at Xavier. Since that time the team has enjoyed a proud tradition of success. When the NCAA adopted rifle as a sponsored sport in the early 1980s, the team quickly made its mark on the national scene as it continues to do today.

Xavier Rifle has produced 17 different All-Americans. Among these 17 All-Americans are two Olympians who represented the United States and Xavier at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia and at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

The Xavier Rifle Team reached new heights of success over the past five years. At the NCAA National Championships the team finished in second place in 2000, fourth in 2001, third in 2002, second in 2003 and fifth in 2004. Only two rifle teams in the entire country have had five consecutive top five finishes in NCAA Championships and Xavier Rifle is one of them. In Xaviers outstanding athletic history only the rifle team has reached a National Championship Final.

Success in the classroom is just as important as success on the range. The rifle team held the highest team GPA at Xavier for four straight semesters (Fall 2000-Spring 2002). Since the Fall semester of 1998, Xavier Rifle Team members have earned perfect 4.0 GPAs 16 times.

As the team gained National prominence, each year more and more students from all over the country have become attracted to Xavier because of its rifle team. Each November Xavier Rifle hosts the Walsh Match open to anyone who makes the trip to Cincinnati. Many high school student-athletes compete in this match. It is recognized as the largest indoor rifle match in the country and every year Xavier Rifle brings over 200 competitors along with their parents and coaches to Xavier to compete in this match. It gives Xavier exposure in many areas of the country that it would not otherwise have.

Xaviers mission is to educate. Educate the whole person- mind, body and spirit. It is through this mission Xavier supports athletics. Xavier proudly serves the communities around the world it is involved with. We ask that Xavier continue to serve the rifle community, a community that has provided Xavier with so many benefits. We ask Xavier to lead the sport towards future growth and not take away the dream of so many in the communities of this country who aspire to compete in collegiate rifle.

What Xavier Rifle represents is an opportunity for student-athletes from all over the country to do something they love while gaining an education. Rifle team members and alumni proudly represent Xavier not only in the sport of shooting but in the classroom and our communities. They are grateful for the opportunity Xavier provided, to be part of a team, part of the Xavier Rifle family and the Xavier University family.

Through its past support of the rifle team Xavier has accomplished its mission to enhance the intellectual, moral, spiritual, emotional, and social growth of young men and women from across this country.

With this petition we are asking Xavier University to continue to support the rifle team so that many more will have that same opportunity.

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Latest Signatures

  • 05 January 20161000. Casey P
    City, State Clanton, AL Your taking away a great aspect of the shooting world
  • 24 December 2015999. Cloyd Es
    City, State Philadelphia, PA As a past rifle team member (and captain) at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (formerly known as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science) I can very confidently assert the following. In your rifle team
  • 22 December 2015998. Cindy F
    I support this petition
  • 12 December 2015997. William Tw
    I support this petition
  • 01 December 2015996. Ed E
    City, State North Pole, AK I feel that it would be in Xavier's best interest to continue to have a NCAA Shooting program.
  • 01 December 2015995. Rochelle O
    I support this petition
  • 27 November 2015994. Rebecca Mk
    I support this petition
  • 25 November 2015993. William Tf
  • 24 November 2015992. James L
    I support this petition
  • 18 November 2015991. Rick N
    City, State San Leandro, California The rifle team is a national resource to be protected.
  • 11 November 2015990. Rebecca M
    City, State Champaign, IL As an alumna of XU, I remember the Rifle team as a paradigm of student athleticism on campus. The achievements of the individuals on the range and in the classroom were truly remarkable. Please don't let this tradition end.
  • 09 November 2015989. Eric B
    City, State Butler Pennsylvania В
  • 07 November 2015988. Darrell C
    I support this petition
  • 03 November 2015987. Elizabeth C
    I support this petition
  • 01 November 2015986. Ross A
    City, State Somerset, NJ please save xavier's rifle!!
  • 01 November 2015985. Josh W
    I support this petition
  • 31 October 2015984. Caspar Brockp
    I support this petition
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  • 10 October 2015980. Donald C
    I support this petition
  • 23 September 2015979. Erik H
    City, State Buffalo, IA Shot at one of the sectionals at Xavier when I was on co-op at AK Steel in Middletown. Would be a shame to see it go.
  • 13 September 2015978. Ronald Pm
    I support this petition
  • 12 September 2015977. Doug D
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 06 September 2015975. Cw B
    I support this petition
  • 20 August 2015974. Michael Jk
    City, State Frederick, MD We must save the shooting sports and educate the ignorant to our great sport.

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