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The Catamount Club Blog is designed as a place to share stories about our incredible student-athletes, alumni and donors who are making a difference in their lives. We also update members on the details of our upcoming events through our blog.

Chancellor Brown

Tailgate with the Chancellor

Please join us for a tailgate with Western Carolina University's new leader Chancellor Kelli R. Brown. WCU Football at NC State on Saturday, September 7th.  

50th Anniversary

Catamount Club Achieves, Exceeds 18-19 Scholarship Goal

The Catamount Club, Western Carolina Athletics’ fundraising arm, not only achieved but also exceeded its 2018-19 annual fund scholarship fundraising goal of $1.62 million to benefit Catamount student-athlete scholarships, finishing the fiscal year at $1.661 million.  

Devarius Cortner

Devarius Cortner

Devarius Cortner remembers the phone call he received offering him a full scholarship to attend WCU and play football. An official visit excited him and was a chance for him to get to learn more about Catamount Country. WCU presented an opportunity for something Devarius didn’t have back home—brotherhood.  

Onno Steger

Onno Steger

As the son of two athletes, a lifetime career in athletics could have seemed defined for Onno Steger. But, his parents never forced him to become an athlete. He found his own way into sports.   

Tamilia Wright

Tamilia Wright

Former Western Carolina University men’s and women’s track and field coach Cale McDaniel didn’t have to recruit Tamilia Wright to Cullowhee. It was her that recruited him. While taking a campus tour, the Burlington native called McDaniel to let him know she was in town.  

Renewal Kickoff: Catamount Club Fundraising Goal for 2019-20

The Catamount Club is excited to announce this year's fundraising goal of $1,620,000 to benefit the education and leadership development of our WCU student-athletes through your scholarship support!  

Paws Porch

(Purple and) Golden Anniversary

Long gone are the days when Baxter Wood ’58 MAEd ’63, former director of A.K. Hinds University Center, hauled members of Western Carolina University’s men’s basketball team to away games in his new 1958 Chrysler New Yorker or when community members took out personal loans to field the football team, repaid with gate receipts at the end of the season.  

WCU Alumni Keion Crossen

Journey of Former WCU Standout Keion Crossen Continues with Trip to 2019 Super Bowl

As he came down from the stage and onto the floor Monday (Jan. 28) at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena for the New England Patriots’ portion of the 2019 Super Bowl’s Opening Night, former Western Carolina University defensive back Keion Crossen was all smiles. And why wouldn’t he be? This time last year, few people outside of his hometown of Garysburg and Cullowhee knew who Crossen was. The former Catamount wasn’t even invited to the NFL combine prior to last April’s NFL draft.  

WCU Alumni Mike Wade

Former Football Academic All-American Honors Mother, Stepmom with Gifts to Athletics, the Arts

Mike Wade, a former two-time Academic All-American at Western Carolina University, will tell you that football is the greatest metaphor for life: to survive you have to get back up every time you get knocked down — and you will get knocked down, he insists, many, many times. Wade did excel, so much so that he recently made a $1 million planned gift to support WCU’s athletics and arts scholarships and programs — one of the largest gifts given to the Catamount athletics program and one of the largest gifts ever by a former student-athlete.  

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