Frequently asked questions about the Catamount Club ...
What is the Catamount Club?
The Catamount Club is the fundraising organization that supports Western Carolina Athletics by raising private donations to support WCU's 16 intercollegiate athletic programs. The primary mission of the Catamount Club is to provide the necessary financial resources so that each of our student-athletes is able to compete at a high level and earn a college education.
Why join the Catamount Club?
By contributing to the Catamount Club, you are helping to provide our student-athletes with the necessary resources to excel in their sport and making a true impact on their lives.
Why are contributions needed?
The athletic program at Western Carolina is required to be self-supporting. No state dollars go to athletic programs in North Carolina. We currently support 16 varsity programs. We depend on funds generated by corporate sponsorships, gate receipts, game guarantees, student athletic fees, and private donations to fund Catamount Athletics.
This is where the Catamount Scholarship Fund plays a crucial role. Catamount Club funds provide the necessary funding to supplement the athletic department's other forms of external revenue.
What are the benefits of joining the Catamount Club?
In addition to helping to provide our student-athletes with the necessary resources, there are tangible benefits depending on the level donors receive on an annual basis. Benefits include, but are not limited to: preferred parking for Catamount Football, quarterly newsletters with updates on Catamount athletics, pregame football events and basketball hospitality.
Do endowments or capital gifts count toward your annual level contribution?
Yes and No... Establishing an endowment gift may qualify you for a specific membership level. For more details, please contact a Catamount Club staff member.
Gifts to an athletic facility project (or a Capital Project) do not qualify for membership to the Catamount Club
How do I get parking in the priority reserved lots?
The Priority Reserved Parking Lots for Catamount football include: the Creek Lot; the Stadium Lot; the Bardo Arts Center; the Belk Lot; the Camp Lab Parking Lot; and select spots in the Field House Lot. Donors at the Purple Cat Level and above who wish to receive a priority parking pass to a Catamount Club Parking Lot must purchase season tickets. First priority for reserved spaces in the Stadium Lot will be available to members at the Captains level ($3,500/year) and above. All remaining spaces in the Stadium Lot will be allocated to members at the Coaches level and below based on membership level and the Cats Points Priority System.