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.
It’s for the love of the game that former members of WCU’s men’s soccer team keep coming back to campus to see former teammates, play a little soccer and raise money for the WCU soccer program.
It’s a family affair during WCU’s Greek Challenge each fall, when fraternities and sororities past and present compete to raise money for Catamount athletics. While the competition is a win for all student-athletes, only one fraternity and one sorority get to claim bragging rights when the fundraising totals are announced during Homecoming.
On the heels of the most successful fundraising year in its history, a by-product of success and continued growth of the Catamount Club is a need to change and alter operations to manage expectations. Numerous changes were proposed through on-going discussions and were approved by the Board to take effect in the 2019-2020 membership benefit year.
On the tennis court, Jordan Strickland is a focused, intense, yet level-headed player for Western Carolina University. Perhaps it’s because of the way Strickland approaches her life. At three days old, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis – a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.
David and Marie Brinkley believe in the Catamounts so much they donated $400,000 to improve the weight-lifting facility at Western Carolina University, their alma mater, which benefits all WCU athletes. Yes, they’ve been blessed with money, they say, but the joy is in helping others.
During her four years on the soccer field at Western Carolina University, Endye Frazier showed the kind of growth coaches love to see. Off the field, her work with the Special Olympics displayed the type of compassion everyone should seek to have.
The Catamount Club, Western Carolina Athletics’ fundraising arm, not only achieved but also exceeded its 2017-18 annual fund scholarship fundraising goal of $1.55 million to benefit Catamount student-athletes scholarships, finishing the fiscal year at $1.57 million.