Back the ’Cats - September 20

Help your favorite team win the Back the ’Cats Cup this year! Join our Wildcat student-athletes on Tuesday, September 20, for the second annual Back the ’Cats fundraising competition to provide scholarships and student-athlete success programs.

It’s true, we’re a Wildcat Family, but we’re also fierce competitors! Our teams are vying to see who can bring in the most donors and win the Back the ’Cats Cup. Support either fund and simply select your favorite team at checkout to help them climb the leaderboard. Bragging rights are on the line!

Scholarships Need

Student-athlete studying in the library

We’re falling behind in terms of scholarship money. When we joined the CCAA in 1998–99, our scholarship allocations were among the highest in the CCAA. The truth is, we’ve been slipping for a while now. In the 2020–21 academic year, we ranked eighth of 12 in total aid awarded, having raised and awarded only 37% of what is allowable.

Our student-athletes are still juggling student loans and jobs while participating in their sport. Increasing the pool of scholarship dollars allows us to support more student-athletes and provide more competitive athletic scholarships, helping us maintain our tradition of excellence while recruiting the region's best and brightest to Chico State.

Student-Athlete Success Programs Need

Our Student-Athlete Success Programs provide a comprehensive student-athlete experience for each Wildcat in every area of their lives.

These programs include our award-winning ’CatsSkills initiative (student-athlete centered programming focused on leadership development, personal development, professional development, and community engagement), our state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center, and our highly regarded and growing athletic training staff.

The two priorities we’re fundraising for this year are:

  • Therapy laser gun—Provides new, industry-standard technology for injury management so our athletic training staff can get student-athletes back to their best selves more quickly
  • Travel Gear—Help all 350 of our student-athletes look as good as they play while representing Chico State proudly on the road.

Student-athlete receives treatment from an athletic trainer

Share Your Impact

Let everyone know you #BackTheCats by sharing these graphics on social media and encouraging them to visit

Use the square or horizontal images on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Use the vertical template for Instagram Stories to add your reason for backing the 'Cats!

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Sample Post

I just gave to #BackTheCats because I believe in the Wildcat Family. Will you join me?

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