Cullowhee, N.C. - Since National Signing Day back in February of 2017, Cameron Brown, who signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Western Carolina University football team, has not been far from the thoughts of Catamount Nation. The highly-sought after linebacker was looking forward to taking the field for the Purple & Gold this fall to wreak havoc in the opposition backfield from his linebacker position.
But since early June, the Brown family hasn't been far from the thoughts and minds of the WCU fan base for a different reason. Cam was diagnosed with osteosarcoma -- an aggressive type of bone cancer -- and has been embroiled in a much bigger fight for his life.
This Saturday, though, he'll join his Catamount football teammates on the turf in Cullowhee.
Cam -- who underwent surgery to amputate his left leg during a time he was slated to be in summer school and preparing for the fall semester -- is scheduled to join his teammates this Saturday as Western Carolina opens the home portion of its 2017 schedule by hosting the Davidson Wildcats.
And though the Catamounts will be wearing the special adidas black and purple "BLACKOUT" uniforms unveiled during the "Great American Eclipse" back in late August, the fashion statement will be punctuated with another show of support for Brown. As documented in a story on CatamountSports.com (CAM BROWN - 'ALL YOU GOT ... AS LONG AS IT TAKES') back in early June, Cam has always had an affinity for white shoes -- so much, in fact, his high school graduating class all wore white sneakers when they crossed the stage to receive their diplomas in a show of support for their charismatic classmate.
This Saturday, as a part of its uniforms, Western Carolina will break from the "all black" look and wear white adidas cleats in support of Cam.
The show of solidarity doesn't stop there. Beginning last Saturday at Hawai'i, the Catamount football team wore special decals on the back left side of every helmet. It's the name "CAM" in all caps inside the symbol for the "Man of Steel," Superman -- a badge that most recently has come to reflect "Team Super Cam" and his on-going battle.
Kickoff of WCU's home opener against Davidson is scheduled for 6:00 pm at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. Fans are encouraged to wear black to the game, and 5,000 black T-shirts will be handed out at the gates. The game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with live audio available across seven radio stations across Western North Carolina with online streaming audio through CatamountSports.com. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3 with live GameTracker available through CatamountSports.com.
Additional game day information will be released on Friday online at CatamountSports.com.
Both season and single-game tickets for 2017 are on sale now through the Catamount Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, by phone at (800) 34-GOWCU, or online at CatamountSports.com. Lock-in your seat for all five home dates with Catamount football season tickets today.
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