To me, the University of Minnesota Track and Field team means the world. Growing up, I never imagined continuing my education beyond high school because that was not something prioritized in the environment that I grew up in. Going to college was not something I considered until I was presented with the opportunity to run for one of the best schools in the entire country. The University of Minnesota Track and Field program gave me the tools I needed. It put me on an even playing field with the peers around me. Taking away this program means taking away opportunities from kids like me who went to a high school that was underfunded. By taking this program away, you are keeping those underrepresented kids marginalized.