Cullowhee, N.C. - Plans for the 2014 Catamount Athletics All Sports Reunion are in full force as the annual event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 26 as a part of Western Carolina University's Homecoming, 2014. WCU invites all former student-athletes, coaches, managers and athletic trainers home to Cullowhee for this annual reunion event.
Reunion festivities unofficially get underway on Thursday, Oct. 23 as a part of Western Carolina's Homecoming, 2014. The "Prove Your Purple: Pack the Plaza" spirit night event is slated to begin at 6:00 pm on the University Center Lawn and Central Plaza. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple and join the Catamount cheerleaders, WCU Dance Team, Homecoming Court, Catamount Athletic teams and a pep band from the "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band.
The following night, the Homecoming 2014 Main Street Parade invades downtown Sylva for the annual tradition which gets underway at 6:15 pm. A special All Sports Reunion social will be again held at Tuck's Tap & Grille on the back-side of WCU's campus for all registered guests of the reunion, opening at 7:00 pm.
On Saturday, focus shifts to the gridiron beginning with a special pregame All Sports Reunion tailgate, presented by Tuck's Tap & Grille, located just outside E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field, just adjacent to the Ramsey Center. The pregame festivities get underway at 11:30 am ahead of the 2:00 pm kickoff between the Catamounts and The Citadel Bulldogs.
A year ago, the Catamount Football team capped an exciting Homecoming Day and All Sports Reunion with an overtime victory over the Elon Phoenix, snapping a couple ominous streaks as Richard Sigmon split the uprights with a 39-yard field goal in the extra session.
The weekend of events wraps up with the Catamount women's soccer team hosting returning Southern Conference foe, East Tennessee State, at 2:00 pm at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
Cost of each individual event - Reunion Social, Reunion Tailgate and Game Day Ticket - is $15 apiece for adults and $10 for children. Special reunion pricing that includes all three charged events is also available for just $30 for adults, $20 for children.
This year's All Sports Reunion "Catamount Spotlight" will shine on former Catamount football players Keith Elliott and Joe Love, as well as the 1974 Western Carolina football team. Elliott, originally from Brevard, N.C., played at WCU from 1965-68, and was the first African-American to receive an athletic scholarship to play football at a predominately white school in the South. Love, like Elliott, played for the Catamounts from 1965-68 during a time of racial unrest in the United States in helping to break down the barriers for African-American student-athletes.
Both Elliott and Love started as freshmen with Elliott at offensive guard and linebacker on defense while Love - a native of Sylva - was a defensive end, earning Carolinas Conference Defensive Player of the Week in his second game as a freshman, recording 15 tackles.
The 1974 Catamounts finished with a 9-2 overall record and a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs on the strength of nine-consecutive victories including wins over nationally-ranked Indiana State and Western Kentucky. It was also the first season WCU played in the new E.J. Whitmire Stadium, dedicating the venue with a 31-12 win over Morehead State on Oct. 5, 1974.
All told, the 1974 Catamount football team finished ranked eighth in the Associated Press College Division poll.
For more information on the Western Carolina All Sports Reunion, visit CatamountSports.com or contact Jamaal Mayo, Assistant Athletic Director at (828) 227-2244 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.