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Lawmaker, SGA President hopeful UAB will bring back football, bowling and rifle

Rep. Jack Williams. (Source: WBRC video) Rep. Jack Williams. (Source: WBRC video)
(Source: FreeUAB.org) (Source: FreeUAB.org)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - One week ago Alabama State Representative Jack Williams was convinced UAB President Ray Watts was prepared to not bring back the football, rifle and bowling teams because of financial reasons.

On Friday, Williams believes there is a 95 percent chance the programs will return. Watts is expected to make an announcement on Monday, June 1. 

To keep the pressure on Watts and to continue to urge community support a TV commercial began running today on FOX6 and other local channels. The commercial is aiming at building support and donations for the athletic programs.  

Watts met with the UAB Undergraduate Student Government Association Thursday. Watts expressed doubts about fundraising numbers which have been committed so far. At last check, supporters had pledged more than $22 million to support the programs. The city of Birmingham has also pledged additional funds if the programs return. Still the SGA President Garrett Stephens told Fox6 he believes support is there to bring the programs back. Rep. Williams believed businesses have been pledging support and urging Watt along with key members of the UA System Board of Trustees to bring those programs back.

"I think Monday is a day of celebration. I think it ought to be treated that way. It's not a a time to growl at who did this, who did that.
It's time to celebrate for our community coming together," Williams said.
       
The FreeUAB group has set up a gathering on the UAB Green on Monday night at 6 p.m. It's called "Party or Protest."

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