The 2017 Bulldog Challenge

265% of $40,000 goal
This campaign ended on March 31, 2017, but you can still make a gift to University of North Carolina Asheville by clicking here!
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Betsy Blose photoElizabeth Blose matched $100

An Anonymous DonorBrenda Mock Kirkpatrick matched $1,500

Leslie McCullough Casse photoLeslie McCullough Casse matched $5,000

Guy Batsel photoGuy Batsel matched $10,000
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Aaron Dahlstrom photoAaron Dahlstrom & Mary Ellen Dendy gave $50 because 10 donors made a gift in 2 days
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Take your support to the next level! Advocates who generate 1 or more donations will receive a handwritten thank-you note from a current student-athlete. Click the Advocate tab to get started!

Generate 5 Gifts
Take your support to the next level! Advocates who generate 5 or more donations will receive a video shout-out from your coach and current team. Click the Advocate tab to get started!

Generate 10 Gifts
Take your support to the next level! Advocates who generate 10 or more donations will receive a video shout-out from Athletic Director Janet Cone, PLUS your coach and current team. Click the Advocate tab to get started!

***Matching Gift Alert! Women's soccer alumna Leslie McCullough Casse is matching gifts to women's soccer, up to $5,000. Thanks Leslie!***

***Matching Gift Alert! Men's basketball alumnus Guy Batsel is matching gifts to men's basketball, up to $10,000. Thanks Guy!*** (This match has been met.)

***Matching Gift Alert! Men's soccer alumnus John Hepler is matching all alumni gifts to men's soccer, up to $5,000. Thanks John!***

During the month of March, all former student-athletes and Bulldog fans are being challenged to make a gift to UNC Asheville Athletics. Your gift directly impacts today’s scholar-athlete by providing scholarships, tutoring, and essential academic support that allow your Bulldogs to compete at the highest level.

In 2016, more than 200 student-athlete alumni accepted the Bulldog Challenge, raising more than $20,000 to support current programs and students. Now the Challenge is back for year four, and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever! Teams will be competing for highest percentage participation, highest number of alumni contributing, and most dollars raised.

Last year, women's soccer led the Challenge in the number of donors, while men's soccer raised the most funds. Swimming took alumni participation, with 100 percent of alumni giving back. Will these teams once again dominate the competition, or will another team claim victory? You decide! 

Thank you to our Bulldog Challenge sponsor, Movement Mortgage, The Winters Team

Drumroll please....

The 2017 Bulldog Challenge has ended. We will be crunching the numbers next week to get the final totals (some gifts came in through the mail and are still being counted), but here are the preliminary results:

  • Most dollars raised: Men's Basketball ($26,845)
  • Most total donations: Men's Soccer (116)
  • Most alumni participation: Women's Swimming (100%!!!)

By any measurement, this year's Bulldog Challenge was an unprecedented success and an important milestone for UNC Asheville. Thank you to everyone that supported and shared the campaign. Together, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and Bulldog fans proved that the generosity of the university community knows no bounds. 

Thanks again, and, of course...


2436 days ago by Aaron Dahlstrom
Share the Challenge and help us break $100,000

Can you believe it, Bulldogs? We are more than 200% over our goal for the Bulldog Challenge!!! Thank you to everyone that has helped us get here. You are proving just how dedicated our campus community is to student success.

With one more day left, we have a final favor to ask, Bulldogs. Will you share the Challenge on social media and show the world just how much we support our student-athletes? Sharing will help make sure that your team ends up on top and are crowned the Bulldog Challenge Camps. 

Use the image of Rocky with a link (, or post a video about why YOU accepted the Bulldog Challenge. 

Will someone you know make the gift that gets us over $100,000?

Rocky: Share the Bulldog Challenge

2437 days ago by Aaron Dahlstrom
Help women's soccer unlock a $5,000 match!

Heads-up, women's soccer alumni! One of your fellow Bulldogs, Leslie McCullough Casse has pledged to match all gifts to women's soccer up to $5,000. Let's thank Leslie for her generosity by sharing the news of the match far and wide. Post this link social media and encourage your fellow alumni to support women's soccer during the Bulldog Challenge!

2444 days ago by Aaron Dahlstrom
A message from Greg Garrison '05

Supporting both men's and women's soccer. How's that for teamwork?!? Thanks Greg and Ashley for all that you do for UNC Asheville.

2445 days ago by Aaron Dahlstrom
A message to women's basketball alumni

Sophomore guard Sonora Dengokl has a message for all women's basketball alumni...

2452 days ago by Aaron Dahlstrom
Become an Advocate and help your team win the Bulldog Challenge

Thank you to the 133 student-athlete alumni and Bulldog supporters that have already supported their team during the Bulldog Challenge! Volleyball is leading in participation, with 21 donors, while Men's Soccer is leading in overall dolors at $2,010. With three weeks to go, it's still anyone's game!

Help your team claim the top spot this year by becoming an Advocate and spreading on social media. It only takes a few clicks!

  1. Click the 'Advocate' tab on the campaign page.
  2. Click 'Sign Up or Log In' to create your GiveCampus account. (Sign up with Facebook to auto-fill the form.)
  3. Share your unique link on social media to inspire your fellow Bulldogs and track your impact!

Thanks for all that you do to support student-athletes! Go Bulldogs!

2454 days ago by Aaron Dahlstrom

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