2021 Mountaineers Athletic Fund Membership Guide

Dear App Family, On behalf of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, I would like to thank you for your loyal support of App State Athletics. Since March 2020, we have experienced the biggest challenges many of us have ever faced. Your support has been crucial to helping us sustain our operations, provide for student-athlete scholarships and continue to achieve comprehensive excellence across App State Athletics. Last fall, our student-athletes achieved a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for the 17th straight semester. With all the challenges of online learning and changes to their daily environment, our Mountaineers showed tremendous resilience in earning App State’s best student-athlete cumulative and semester GPAs on record. We could not be prouder of our student-athletes, coaches and staff in their continued efforts to compete in the classroom. Our fall sports (with the exception of field hockey) were able to compete, and the football team won its sixth straight bowl game – something no other FBS program has accomplished in its first six years of bowl eligibility. Shawn Clark had the most wins of any first-year FBS head coach, and App State’s 63-15 record over the last six years trails only Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma. Our student-athletes have really stepped up in the face of adversity, and I’m so proud of their dedication to doing things the right way and their perseverance to strive for success. In September, we launched the Keep Climbing initiative to raise additional resources to help us fulfill student-athlete scholarships and sustain our operations through our current financial situation. We still need your support, as expenses related to COVID-19 testing, scholarships for returning student-athletes and other areas continue, while uncertainty remains with traditional revenue streams. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. Your annual Yosef Club donations, ticket contributions, major gifts and giving to our Keep Climbing initiative has helped ease some of the financial burden. We have the university leadership, dedicated fans, supporters, coaches, staff and student- athletes to rise to the moment and keep climbing. Our vision is to come out of this time positioned for even greater success in the classroom and competitively. Go App! Doug Gillin Director of Athletics MESSAGE FROM THE AD PRIUMARY SECONDARY