Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina is set to induct its 29th class into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 12-13, coinciding with the Catamounts’ home football game against the Chattanooga Mocs, presented by B.H. Graning Landcapes. WCU will induct former football student-athletes Keith Elliott and Joe D’Alessandris, as well as the 1969 football team.

The weekend gets underway on Friday, Oct. 12 with the 14th Annual Bob Waters Memorial Golf Tournament in remembrance of legendary head football coach Bob Waters. The 1969 football team was the first squad coached by Waters in Cullowhee. The golf tour event has a 10:00 am tee time at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. The field remains open for those wishing to participate with sponsorship opportunities also available for tax-deductible contributions for hole sponsorships.

For more information about the 14th Annual Bob Waters Memorial Golf Tournament, contact Michelle Powers at (828) 227-2056 or register by Email at

Saturday Hall of Fame morning’s festivities get underway with breakfast in the Grand Room of the A.K. Hinds University Center at the heart of the WCU campus from 8:30 am until 9:15 am. The ceremony honoring the two individuals – Keith Elliott and Joe D’Alessandris – and the 1969 Catamount football team will begin at 9:30 am.

Other festivities surrounding the football weekend include on-campus tailgating begins at Noon ahead of the 3:30 pm football kickoff with the team’s “Cat Walk” across campus to the stadium scheduled to hit the parking lots around the stadium at 1:15 pm. During Saturday’s football game, each inductee into the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame will be recognized on the field.

All told it’s a busy weekend around Western North Carolina as WCU “Celebrates 828” this weekend in honor of Jackson and surrounding counties. WCU will celebrate its partnership with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) with special advance ticket prices for all tribal members. On Saturday afternoon around 2:00 pm, there will be a traditional Cherokee stickball game on the intramural fields across from the football stadium.

In addition to the stickball game, fans can also catch the Third Annual Great Catamount Rubber Duck Race that will sail down picturesque Cullowhee Creek. Fans are invited to stop by the Tuckaseegee Fly Shop in Sylva and Bryson City to claim their duck for entrance into the race. Check-in for the duck race begins at 1:00 pm at the footbridge at the Creek Parking Lot directly across from the truck tunnel of the Ramsey Center with the ducks to hit the water around 2:00 pm. For the top finishing ducks this year, Tuckaseegee Fly Shop will be offering the following top three prizes: first place – Full Day Guided Float Trip, second place – camping equipment package, third place - $50 worth of Patagonia gear.

Also on Saturday, WCU’s loveable mascot, Paws, has also invited many of his friends to come help “Celebrate 828” with Mascot Day.

Catamount volleyball and women’s soccer are also at home this weekend beginning Friday evening with both squads in action. The volleyball team hosts Samford at 6:00 pm (ESPN+) inside the Ramsey Center while the women’s soccer team battles perennial power, UNCG, at 7:00 pm at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

Balsam Falls Brewing Company in downtown Sylva is the official pregame spot for home game weekends with WCU fans welcome to head there following Friday’s bevy of events.

Saturday’s activities include a volleyball/football doubleheader against Chattanooga as the two schools meet in volleyball action at Noon ahead of the Catamount-Mocs football game at 3:30 pm. Women’s soccer wraps-up the weekend with a home match against VMI slated for 1:00 pm on the SoCon Digital Network.

For tickets to Saturday’s football game, stop by the WCU Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Ramsey Center or call (800) 34-GOWCU. Fans can also purchase and print tickets online at

"Celebrate 828" / Hall of Fame 'Whee-kend Timeline:

Friday, Oct. 12

10:00 am – 14th Annual Bob Waters Memorial Golf Tournament (Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville)

6:00 pm – Catamount Volleyball vs. Samford (Ramsey Center - FREE)

7:00 pm – Catamount Women’s Soccer vs. UNCG (Catamount Athletic Complex – FREE)


Saturday, Oct. 13

8:30 am – WCU Athletics Hall of Fame Breakfast (UC Grand Room)

9:30 am – WCU Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony (UC Grand Room)

Noon – Catamount Volleyball vs. Chattanooga (Ramsey Center

Noon – Tailgating on-campus begins

1:00 pm – Check-in for Rubber Duck Race opens (Creek Lot / Cullowhee Creek)

1:00 pm – Catamount Club “Purple Zone” opens (Reservations required)

1:15 pm – WCU Football “Cat Walk” to the stadium

2:00 pm – 3rd Annual Great Catamount Rubber Duck Race (Creek Lot / Cullowhee Creek)

3:30 pm – Catamount Football vs. Chattanooga (Whitmire Stadium / Waters Field)


Sunday, Oct. 14

1:00 pm – Catamount Women’s Soccer vs. VMI (Catamount Athletic Complex – FREE)