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Daphne Urquhart
Courtesy: TBD
Featured Yosef Club Member of the Month
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Tuesday 06/14/2016 (ET)
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Daphne Urquhart

1) Are you alumni of Appalachian State University? If so what year did you graduate?

"Only in spirit."

2) What made you become an Appalachian State Mountaineer fan?

"Our son enrolled at Appalachian State as a freshman in 2005. We were impressed with the affordable quality university education available at Appalachian and began to look for other opportunities to engage in the Appalachian community. Becoming an Appalachian State Mountaineer fan was an easy choice when we looked at the integrity of the athletic department, the caliber of athletes, and the warm welcome we received as new members of the Appalachian family."

3) What is your favorite memory of Appalachian State Athletics?

"I have long been a fan of the defensive side of the game of football. It’s no surprise that my fondest memories are of great defensive players and plays. Pierre Banks’ fumble recovery in the first-round playoff game against James Madison in 2007 remains a favorite. These past few years with the likes of Ronald Blair, Doug Middleton, John Law, Eric Boggs, AJ Howard, Devan Stringer, Nate Norwood, Mondo Williams, and Clifton Duck have been a real treat for me. This past season’s defensive performance – the whole season – is my favorite memory … so far."

4) In your opinion, what is the best part of a home football game at Appalachian State on a fall Saturday?

"Every home football game – regardless of which day of the week it’s played – is a family reunion with the best family in the world. Tailgating and enjoying catching up with friends is more than just good food and good laughs. Over the years, we’ve added new family members and mourned the passing of others. At the heart of it all is our love for Appalachian State and everything she represents. The family reunion is made even better when the team takes the field. Win or lose, it’s always great to be a Mountaineer!"

5) What makes you most proud of Appalachian State?

"Dedication. Desire. Discipline. Determination. Those four words sum up much of what I respect about Appalachian State. It’s not enough to desire to be the best university in the state without the discipline and determination to make that happen. Without lifelong dedication from our alumni and friends the discipline and determination will fade with time. I see in Appalachian State a wonderful combination of all four words – dedication, desire, discipline, determination – aimed at making Appalachian worthy of our pride and lifelong support."

6) What made you decide to start supporting the education of current Appalachian State student-athletes through the Yosef Club? 

"Mark Maddox and Laps for Apps. Our son was two years behind Mark in high school and ran track with him. We began by supporting Laps for Apps because of Mark and soon learned of all the other opportunities to help Appalachian student-athletes through the Yosef Club. In June, 2016, the announcement that Sam Childress (Women’s Soccer) and Cody McKinney (Football) had swept the Sun Belt’s top academic awards was a resounding affirmation of Appalachian’s efforts off the field. I appreciate the focus on the “student” side of the hyphen in “student-athlete” at App State and am proud to support over 450 athletes in 20 varsity sports. Nearly all of our student-athletes are playing for the “A” on their chests and not for the promise of a professional athletic career. They are what brings the App family together as they (we!) compete against other schools. What a privilege it is to participate directly in the lives of these young men and women!"

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? 

"I’m reminded of the wording on many raffle tickets – “Must be present to win.” That phrase applies to all we do as supporters of Appalachian State athletics. We must be present – in attendance at games / meets / matches, in purchasing season tickets, in giving our dollars and our time to App State – if App State is to win. Whether you’re able to donate $10 or $10,000 every year, your donation makes a difference and is appreciated. Imagine if 10% of App State’s 120,000 alumni gave $120 a year ($10 each month – yes, you may divide your giving into multiple payments) to the Yosef Club! That would be nearly $1.5 million of the roughly $5 million it takes to fund student-athlete scholarships fully. Every dollar counts. Every donor counts. Let one of your new year’s resolutions be to get off the bench and into the game by making a donation to the Yosef Club."

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Wednesday, Feb. 5 (5:30-8 p.m.)
Boone, N.C. (Appalachian Athletics Center)

Tuesday, Feb. 11 (5:30-8 p.m.)
Huntersville, N.C. (Birkdale Golf Club)

Saturday, Feb. 22 (5:30-8 p.m.)
Greenville, S.C. (The Lazy Goat)


Thursday, March 6
Asheville, N.C.

Tuesday, March 18
Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point Triad

Monday, April 7
Atlanta, Ga.

Wednesday, April 9
Charlotte, N.C.

Thursday, April 10
Hickory, N.C.

Tuesday, April 15
Raleigh, N.C.

Wednesday, April 16
Wilmington, N.C.

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