BERKELEY (CBS / AP) — A fundraising effort has helped save Cal’s men’s gymnastics program, which was slated to be eliminated in a cost-cutting move.

School officials said Monday that supporters had raised more than $2.5 million for the program.

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KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

That’s short of the $4 million needed but officials say it’s enough to support the team for seven to 10 years when combined with cost-cutting steps, including restricting scholarships for new recruits.

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Previous fundraising efforts helped preserve Cal’s baseball, women’s lacrosse and women’s gymnastics teams, which were to be eliminated, and men’s rugby, which was to be reclassified as a “varsity club sport.”

The plan to cut the sports was part of a broader campaign to reduce UC Berkeley’s annual support for intercollegiate athletics.

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