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What is Prove Your Purple?

Did you graduate from WCU? Are you a faculty, staff member or student? Do you reside in Western North Carolina?

Are you a season ticket holder or member of the Catamount Club? Do you attend all home Catamount games or travel with the team on the road? Do you get to the games early, tailgate and wear your WCU purple? Do get on your feet and cheer at the top of your lungs during those crucial moments that decide the outcome of a Catamount game? Do you know all the words to the WCU fight song? Do you invite friends and family to attend the games with you? Do you display your support of WCU with Catamount banners, flags and memorabilia at work or home?

The Prove Your Purple Campaign is taking the next step as a Catamount fan, investing in the student-athlete and making a difference. It's increasing your support for the school you love. It's increasing your donation to the Catamount Club, purchasing season tickets and attending all the games. It's cheering with thousands of other fans as one big Catamount family. It's doing more this season then you've ever done for WCU.

By Proving Your Purple, it will encourage others to do the same. Your reward for showing this passion? It's knowing the positive impact it will have on our program, helping WCU rise to the top of the Southern Conference. Catamount Nation, now more than ever we need you to PROVE YOUR PURPLE!

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I Prove My Purple... Do You?


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Prove Your Purple: Randy Eaton
WCU Director of Athletics

(Randy Eaton and his family posing for a pictured at a WCU home football game.)

"Proving your Purple is something that should resonate with all Catamount fans. For those who live in our area, come out and support the Catamounts at our home games. For those who don't live in Western North Carolina, come cheer on our teams when we are on the road and play at a school near you. We want people to prove their purple by investing their time in helping us grow our game day attendence and the Catamount Club to support scholarships. All of our alumni need to reengage with WCU and come back campus to see what the school looks like now, what special things are happening, and how they can be a part of it."


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Prove Your Purple: Mark Speir
WCU Head Football Coach

(Head coach Mark Speir in pregame warm-ups in the 2013 season opener at Middle Tennessee.)

"I prove my purple by setting the bar and expectations for our players in 2014, the year of the Cats. I am here every day until we open at South Florida to see our players meet and exceed our expectations, so that we can a make a run at a Southern Conference Championship."
"To our fans, We have six home games this season, and we need our fans to prove their purple by not being a one game wonder, but six game warriors. We need people to be in attendance and give our players that boost of moral and energy that only comes when Catamount Nation rises."


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Prove Your Purple: Gorham Bradley '04
Director of the Catamount Club

(Gorham Bradley posing with Catamount Club members and corporate sponsors Kevin and Lynn Stanberry during a home football game.)

"I prove my purple by inspiring the Catamount Nation to truly believe and invest in how special WCU really is."
"We want people to prove their purple by demonstrating their pride in Western Carolina and by making investments into the education of our student-athletes. We need everyone who calls themselves a Catamount, to influence others to become engaged with WCU Athletics and to help by increasing scholarship support for our competing Catamounts."


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Prove Your Purple: Brad Hoover '99
Catamount Club Member, WCU Hall of Fame Member and Former NFL Player

(Brad Hoover and his family supporting the Catamounts during the fall of 2012.)

"The color purple that symbolizes Western Carolina runs deep in my soul. I prove my purple by honoring the traditions of the past coaches and players who have paid the sacrifice to be where we are today, by reliving the memories of my teammates and our playing days as Catamounts at reunions, and by supporting the University and the Athletics department by helping lay a foundation for their success now as well as in the future. I bleed purple because of someone invested in making a difference in me. The commitment I have made is a direct result of that same impact I experienced as a student-athlete. I am honored to be a Catamount and to be able to give back and so should you!"


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Prove Your Purple: Jim Rodgers '95
Zaxby's franchisee and WCU Corporate Sponsor

(Jim Rodgers poses in front of his proudly displayed WCU football jersey that hangs in his Zaxby's in Sylva.)

"I prove my purple by being a proud corporate sponsor of the WCU athletic programs and displaying my Catamount pride on my restaurant's wall. We provide WCU students and faculty and staff discounts on Tuesdays. I also have my car registered with a WCU license plate."


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Prove Your Purple: Troy Mitchell
WCU student-athlete

(Troy Mitchell completes a pass in WCU's 2013 win over Elon.)

"I prove my purple by doing the things I need to do like going to classes, taking care of business, training hard and working hard to prepare for the season. i strive represent WCU as a role model with the fans and the community by spending time at the elementary school and giving back to the community and to WCU, a place that has given me so much."
"Having fans at the games and cheering us on gives that edge and motivation -- that Catamount Nation has our backs. We want people to prove their purple by being loud and making Cullowhee the worst place for opposing teams to visit. On the road, we want it to feel like a home game."


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Prove Your Purple: Scottie Sigmon
2014-15 Student Catamount Club President

(Scottie Sigman posing for a picture at a WCU home football game fron the student section.)

"I prove my purple by showing up early to games, tailgating with my fraternity and starting chants from the crowd. Last season we convinced Chancellor Belcher to storm the field with us after the home victory over Elon to show our passion and support for the team. I am involved with our athletic teams as President of the Student Catamount Club and I strongly encourage all of the WCU students to get involved and help us leave a legacy that will set the standard for years to come."


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So send us pictures of your Season Ticket Card, Catamount Club Membership form, or your seats at the game PROVING YOUR PURPLE, and we'll add them to our album on Facebook! Send your pictures to us on Facebook or post to Twitter & Instagram using #ProveYourPurple!


WCU Ticketing Office: 1-800-GOWCU | WCU Ticket Website | Catamount Club: 828-227-3047 | Catamount Club Website |
WCU Corporate Sponsorships: 828-227-2038 | WCU Corporate Sponsorship Website

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