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.
The month of February marks the 4th annual I Love WCU celebration. During the month of February, we are asking all alumni to invest in our student-athletes to ensure they are successful both scholastically and competitively.
For the fourth-time in as many years, Western Carolina Athletics and its fundraising arm, the Catamount Club, put out the call as part of the National Day of Giving, #GivingTuesday. And once again, the generosity of the Catamount Nation brightly shined through.
2019 has been a remarkable year. Your generosity helped fund over 55% of approximately $3 million in scholarship expenditures. Discover the impact of our support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.