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Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina Athletics today announced plans for its annual 2018 Giving Tuesday project through its fundraising arm, the Catamount Club. This November, culminating on the official Giving Tuesday date of Nov. 27, 2018, Catamount Athletics is working to raise a total of $13,000 to purchase a dozen brand new laptop computers for the lab in WCU’s Student-Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS) in the Jordan-Phillips Field House.

This project tackles one of the department’s greatest and most immediate needs while providing a much-needed service for all student-athletes. The current technology in the computer lab is at a minimum 10 years old and failing on a daily basis, preventing efficient and timely academic support from reaching all of WCU’s student-athletes, especially those who come to Cullowhee without their own personal computers.

“Our passion to help our student-athletes grow, succeed, and ultimately graduate is what drives our team. This department has made unbelievable progress in recent years in helping our young people achieve academic excellence. If we are going to continue shattering goals and setting new standards, our aging technology must be addressed,” said Stacey Miller, Assistant Athletic Director for Academics and the departments Senior Woman Administrator.

To learn more and invest in a student-athlete’s potential, go to give.wcu.edu/athletics.

The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving has recently become commonly known as Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day of philanthropy. In recent years, its popularity has skyrocketed, as it has become a standard in the non-profit world. Catamount Athletics has participated the last two years and has experienced incredible success.

In 2016, Catamount Nation raised over $20,000 to furnish a small group study room that provided space for its Academic Services staff to work with its most at-risk student-athletes. Last year, the Catamount Club raised $13,670 to allow WCU Sports Medicine to purchase new injury prevention and treatment equipment that the student-athletes desperately needed.

“Within Western Carolina Athletics, our mission and passion is to provide the necessary resources for our young men and women to be successful in all aspects of their collegiate experience. Over the course of the past three years, Giving Tuesday has been a unique opportunity for supporters to continue to help us fulfill our mission by collectively contributing to a department-wide need that makes an immediate impact. This project will continue to ensure that the WCU Student-Athlete Academic Support Services will continue to be a model that other institutions can emulate,” said Ryan Jones, Director of the Catamount Club.

Western Carolina Director of Athletics Randy Eaton echoed the sentiments of both Miller and Jones.

“I want to personally say ‘thank you’ for the generous support in our Giving Tuesday campaigns the past two years, in addition to and on top of the continued and record-setting support for scholarships,” said Eaton. “This year’s goal of raising funds to go towards computers for our student-athletes is very important. I hope that Catamount Nation will get involved in this initiative and will encourage others to do so as well with this unique fundraising effort.”

Again, to learn more and invest in a student-athlete’s potential with a Giving Tuesday donation, visit give.wcu.edu/athletics.

 

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