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The goal of Appalachian State athletics' four-tiered Junior Mountaineer Youth Initiative is to engage young fans and their families while enhancing the Mountaineers’ positive impact on the youth community.
Courtesy: Appalachian State Athletics
App State Unveils Jr. Mountaineer Youth Initiative
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Tuesday 06/16/2015 (ET)
BOONE, N.C. — With the goal of engaging young fans and their families while enhancing the Mountaineers’ positive impact on the youth community, Appalachian State University athletics unveiled its new four-tiered Junior Mountaineer Youth Initiative on Tuesday.

The four tiers of the Junior Mountaineer Youth Initiative include:

1) LET’S GO! Program
Appalachian State athletics has adopted a set of core values that will drive all youth programs and community outreach initiatives going forward. Those core values are outlined in the easy-to-remember acronym LET’S GO!

L — Leadership
E — Eating Right
T — Teamwork
S — Sportsmanship
G — Good Grades
O — Outdoor Fun!

All Junior Mountaineer Kids Club events and appearances by Mountaineer student-athletes and coaches at schools and in the community will focus on LET’S GO! values throughout the 2015-16 academic year.

2) Junior Mountaineer Kids Club
The Junior Mountaineer Kids Club remains as the EXCLUSIVE club for Mountaineer fans in eighth grade or younger.

Membership includes a membership pack, free admission to many Appalachian State athletics events, one-of-a-kind experiences with Appalachian student-athletes and coaches and much more! Click HERE for more information and for a downloadable registration form. Memberships begin on July 1 of each year and run until the end of baseball season.

3) Mighty Mountaineers
App State athletics wants to see your team in Black and Gold! All youth teams are invited to share in the Mountaineer spirit by registering with Appalachian State athletics’ office of promotions and fan engagement as an official Might Mountaineer team!

Mighty Mountaineer teams are given permission to don the Block A just like Appalachian student-athletes and have the opportunity to schedule visits by student-athletes and coaches or sign up for an exclusive gameday experience. For more information, contact the office of promotions and fan engagement at (828) 262-8649.

4) Junior Mountaineer Summer Readers
Once again, Appalachian State athletics is proud to partner with the Reich College of Education to reward High Country students in eighth grade or younger for reaching their academic goals and to promote education through the power of reading!

Each spring, High Country students are sent virtual reading logs to track their progress over the summer. The top readers in grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 from each county will be invited to participate in Education Day festivities when Appalachian State football hosts Troy on Oct. 31. Education Day includes a tour of the Mountaineers’ locker room, a tailgate party presented by the Reich College of Education and on-field halftime recognition.

Additionally, the top three readers from each grade in every school will receive complimentary tickets to Education Day at Appalachian State basketball (2015-16 date TBA), which includes a pregame locker-room tour and the opportunity to make a human tunnel for the Mountaineers to run through when they take the court. All students who participate in the Junior Mountaineer Summer Readers program will be invited to Education Day at App State basketball and recognized during halftime of the game.

Finally, the classrooms with the highest percentage of readers will be rewarded with a visit by Yosef and Mountaineer student-athletes or coaches.

For more information, contact the office of promotions and fan engagement at (828) 262-8649.

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