Cullowhee, N.C. - With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, Catamount Athletics pauses to reflect upon all that it is thankful for including our 300+ student-athletes, loyal Catamount Nation fan base, and the generous membership of the Catamount Club. Through contributions to the Annual Fund, the Catamount Club continues to support the number one goal of being the best both on-and-off the field in competition and both student-athlete and fan experience.
As has been the case the past several years, Catamount Athletics has used the nationwide - and global – movement of "Giving Tuesday" to fundraise for specific-need projects. Through the generosity of donors on this special day each year, WCU Athletics has been able to purchase both study carols and laptop computers in the Academic Support Center, as well as state-of-the-art recovering and rehabilitation equipment for the Sports Medicine areas, again directly supporting our student-athletes.
This year's "Giving Tuesday" project is a large one - in fact, the largest practice and playing surface on campus in Cullowhee.
With an anticipated lifespan of up to 10 years, the artificial turf at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field was installed in September 2008. At the conclusion of the turf’s 11th year of use, the Department of Athletics is planning an upgrade to improve the experiences of our student-athletes.
Replacing the turf with a modernized playing surface will maximize performance, reduce the possibility of injury, and enhance practice efficiencies for Catamount football. The field is not only used exclusively by football, but also by all our student-athletes through strength and conditioning programs, the “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band, intramurals and the cheer/spirit programs. The new turf, which will surpass that of our Southern Conference rivals, will include upgraded branding elements to provide a fresh look that will help recruit top student-athletes to Cullowhee and enhance the experience of fans whether in the stadium or watching via broadcast.
As part of WCU's Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3, 2019, which will specifically focus donations towards the Field Turf Replacement Project, Mike and Marsha Sullivan, Catamount Club members, have issued a challenge gift to Catamount Nation. If the Giving Tuesday goal of $50,000 is met by our Catamount Faithful, it will unlock a match of a $50,000 philanthropic gift.
Giving Tuesday donors, at any level of financial support, will receive recognition in all 2020 football game day programs. Donors to the Field Turf Replacement Project at or above $2,500 ($105 a month for 24 months) will receive a piece of memorialized turf. Your support is needed to unlock this challenge gift and to make this project become a reality for WCU student-athletes.
For more information on this project and the case for need, please click here.