LaSalle University’s Enrollment has been Down Nearly 28% Since 2019.
The Plan Back Has a Significant Role for Sports.

In the modern collegiate era, sports are the cornerstone of most of America’s universities. Athletics drive enrollment, revenue, and media coverage to institutions of higher learning.

And few campus activities bring together students, faculty, and staff like athletics.

It’s been almost a decade since LaSalle’s impressive run to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament brought the trademarked South West Philly Floater into our living rooms.

Since then, LaSalle basketball has been trying to get back to the euphoria of those moments.

In 2007, LaSalle suspended its football program, and in 2021, the baseball program also followed suit. Other sports were shuttered, too, as cost-cutting measures were implemented over the years.

This April, it was announced that four varsity sports will return for the 2025–2026 academic season, including women’s rugby, women’s acrobatics and tumbling, and women’s triathlon. The school will also bring back baseball.

LaSalle — one of Philadelphia’s oldest colleges — was founded during the American Civil War in 1863 by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It has existed over its historic existence in four locations in Philadelphia — St. Michael’s Parish in the Olde Kensington section, in Center City in the building vacated by St. Joseph’s College at 1234 Filbert Street, in 1886 former mansion of Michael Bouvier, and finally to Olney Avenue in 1930.

The promise of LaSalle Athletics’s future has already started. In the fall of 2024, John Glaser Arena will open.
On Olney Avenue, the ascent has already begun.

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