CHARLOTTE BUSINESSMAN LAUNCHES FUND                                                                                        
Marty Ramsey (second from left) accepts congratulations after club members created a student-athlete scholarship in his honor. From left to right are Paul Jones, Catamount Club president; Tobe Childers of Charlotte, club president-elect who made an initial contribution of $2,000 to start the fund; and current director Bill Richter.

CULLOWHEE – A new scholarship fund created in honor of former Catamount Club director Marty Ramsey is designed to help lessen the financial sting for Western Carolina University student-athletes who take classes over the summer due to the rigors of practice and games during the regular academic year.

Charlotte businessman Tobe Childers, a 1961 graduate of Western, former member of the Catamount football team, and president-elect of the Catamount Club, made an initial contribution of $2,000 to the fund.

“The purpose of the summer school fund is to help keep Catamount athletics competitive with Western's counterparts in the Southern Conference, where some member institutions have as many as 70 student-athletes registered for summer school classes,” said Bill Richter, executive director of the Catamount Club. The university's athletics fund-raising organization, the Catamount Club has more than 3,200 members.

 “It is most appropriate that one of the most loyal supporters of Catamount athletics has chosen to recognize Marty Ramsey for his years of service to the Catamount Club by establishing a scholarship fund in his honor,” Richter said.

Ramsey served as executive director of the Catamount Club from September 1994 until June 2004, when he became director of alumni affairs at Western. Ramsey, a 1985 graduate of Western, is the son of Harry Ramsey of Asheville and Sue Ramsey of Charlotte. He is the grandson of the late Cora and Jeter Ramsey of Marshall and the late Evelyn and Hobert Worley of Big Pine.

The first scholarships will be awarded for classes this summer.

To contribute to the fund or for more information about the Catamount Club, contact Bill Richter at (828) 227-2530 or via e-mail at .

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