App State Athletics Fundraising Keep Climbing Initiative

The 2019-20 academic year was shaping up to be a banner season for App State Athletics.

Our football program ascended to the top 20 in all of college football and broke numerous records on its way to a fourth straight Sun Belt Championship and fifth straight bowl victory. Men’s cross country captured another league title. Wrestling set a program record with six entries for the 2020 NCAA Championships. Men’s basketball qualified for two postseason tournaments. Other teams were making great strides. Our student-athletes achieved their 15th and 16th consecutive semesters with a cumulative GPA above 3.0. We shattered a school record for community service hours for the second straight year.

All of that momentum halted abruptly on March 11, 2020, when we last saw any of our teams suit up and take the field.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a financial crisis that we have not seen in college athletics. We have had to take the unprecedented steps of discontinuing sports programs, furloughing staff and reducing operating expenses by more than 20 percent. We are working through significant revenue losses from reduced NCAA and Sun Belt distributions, football opportunity games being eliminated and projections of reduced capacity for football games.

We want to continue to give our Mountaineer student-athletes, coaches, and staff the best opportunity for sustained success as we navigate these very challenging times.

Our goal is to raise $1 million or more through the KEEP CLIMBING initiative through June 30, 2021, to allow us to sustain our operations and support our student-athletes that wear the Black and Gold. You can help us accomplish this by giving a gift to any of the following areas or programs. Contributions to this initiative are for gifts above and beyond any pledge/gift in 2020.

All gifts will receive priority points.


Student-Athlete Health & Well-Being

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  • Nutrition for practice/competition
  • Mental health & wellness
  • Strength & conditioning
  • Academic support

Sport-Specific Giving

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  • Operational support to a current varsity sport of your choice

Yosef Club Gifts

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  • Scholarship assistance for student-athletes (these gifts are philanthropic and do not provide member benefits; 100% tax deductible)

Capital Gifts

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  • Support for facility projects and maintenance (naming rights are available for gifts of $25,000+)


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  • Contribute to the Yosef Club endowment that funds student-athlete scholarships

Help Us KEEP CLIMBING and Reach Our Goal!


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