1) Are you alumni of Appalachian State University? If so what year did you graduate?
David: “I graduated from ASU in 1984.”
Teresa: “I attended ASU from 1980-1982 but finished at High Point University. Our son Matthew just completed his freshman year at ASU.”
2) What made you become an Appalachian State Mountaineer fan?
David: “I have been supporting athletics since I started attending ASU.”
Teresa: “I enjoy cheering for the APP's and spending time with our Appalachian family. I love Boone and the mountains.
Matthew: “From a young age, my parents always encouraged me to attend App State Football games with them. Ever since then, I have enjoyed cheering the Mountaineers on to victory.”
3) What is your favorite memory of Appalachian State Athletics?
David: “Attending the three National Championship games in Chattanooga.”
Teresa: “Spending my Saturdays tailgating and watching Appalachian football with my Appalachian family.”
Matthew: “Tailgating and being around my Appalachian Family.”
4) In your opinion, what is the best part of a home football game at Appalachian State on a fall Saturday?
David: “We enjoy the whole day. We start tailgating early in the day with a large group of friends that have been together for many years."
Teresa: “We enjoy spending the entire day with our Appalachian Family and cheering on the Mountaineers. Enjoy the band stopping by to play for us during tailgating. Enjoy the cheerleaders stopping by to tailgate with us. Really just the whole day!”
Matthew: “This past year I attended App State and really enjoyed being in the student section with my fellow classmates. It was a great feeling to be there with my friends waiting for the App Football team to run across the field and cheering every time App would score. The marching band is also a great part of game day. It makes me feel excited and proud to be a Mountaineer.”
5) What makes you most proud of Appalachian State?
David: “We are proud that at ASU we have maintained our focus of student-athlete with emphasis on being students first, and then athletes. I think we all have seen athletic programs at many colleges and universities are inconsistent with the school's academic missions. The focus on maintaining a strong athletic program has not taken precedence over the scholastic quality of the student-athletes at ASU.”
Teresa: “Appalachian is family. The coaches put an emphasis on academics and building strong men and women. They are invested in developing future leaders versus only being concerned about winning.”
Matthew: “I've always liked coming to ASU over the years and am proud that I am now a student. The student-athletes I know spend a lot of time with their teams and still concentrate on their classes. The determination, teamwork and perseverance of the student-athletes is impressive. Every student on campus knows the value of a college degree and challenges themselves to make their experiences at App State the best.”
6) What made you decide to start supporting the education of current Appalachian State student-athletes through the Yosef Club?
David: “We have always shared a love for the University and believed that it was important to support it in any way we could. We have been football season ticket holders and Yosef Club members since 1986.
Teresa: “We desire to help young athletes fulfill their dreams of playing college sports and achieve a quality academic education. We hope they love Appalachian as much as we do.”
Matthew: “Volunteering for the Student Yosef Club.”
7) What advice would you give to other members of the App State family who are wondering what they can do to help the Yosef Club and Appalachian State athletics as a whole?
David: “I think it is important that everyone consider giving of their time, talent and treasure. Our athletic teams (particularly our football team) have brought positive national exposure to our university. I believe that all alumni have a stake in supporting our student athletes and ask that they all consider becoming a Yosef Club member.
Teresa: “Give back to Appalachian and let others have the opportunity to have a college education and play the sport they love. Then, they in turn can be a part of the Appalachian family.”