Bulldog Challenge 2020


February 20 – March 6, 2020

We are challenging our student-athlete alumni, parents, and the Bulldog community members to make a gift in support of UNC Asheville Athletics teams.

The Bulldog Challenge is back for its seventh year, and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever! Teams will be competing for the highest number of unique donors.

Your gift makes a direct impact by providing scholarships, tutoring, and essential academic support that allows your Bulldogs to compete at the highest level.

Every dollar – and every donor – helps strengthen our student-athletes’ experience. Give back and help your team create the next generation of champions – on the court and in the classroom.


How Can I Support the Bulldog Challenge?

There are a number of ways you can make a gift to support the Bulldog Challenge!

Whether you want to offer a matching or challenge gift to inspire more donors or you want to make a stock gift – we can help! Contact Shannon Dale, Director of Annual Giving, at 828.232.5091 or SDale@unca.edu to learn how you can increase your impact during the 2020 Bulldog Challenge!

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Farm Burger Logo

Farm Burger Supports UNC Asheville Athletic Scholarships

Date: Thursday, February 27
Hours of Operation: 11:30am – 9:30pm
Location: 10 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

The downtown Asheville Farm Burger location is donating 10% of its sales to UNC Asheville Athletic Scholarships on February 27. Stop by for lunch or dinner to support our student-athletes.

The Bulldog Challenge LIVE

Date: March 5, 2020
Time: 12:15-1 p.m.

The Bulldog Challenge LIVE event is back! On March 5, we will go live on the UNC Asheville Bulldog Athletics Facebook page as each team competes for the most number of unique donors to unlock additional support for their team.

Tune in and get ready to watch your favorite team! More details coming soon.

Mass Communication Students working with Student-Athletes

Unique UNC Asheville Partnerships

At the intersection of education, teamwork, and advocacy – you’ll find a unique partnership taking place during the 2020 Bulldog Challenge. Dr. Sonya DiPalma’s “Social Media & Fundraising” Mass Communication course is back for year two!

Student-athletes and mass communication students have been collaborating to help their team win the Bulldog Challenge.

“The wonderful part of this course for us in partnering with the Bulldog Challenge, the athletic department, alumni engagement and advancement is that we have created a real-time social media lab,” DiPalma said. “This is something many universities do not have. This is a tremendous opportunity that we can afford our students. This experience of working with real-time social media analytics, creating live posts and dynamic and distinctive content is going to be a real plus for their portfolios on the other side of graduation.”


Who will take home the Bulldog Challenge Champions Trophy?

The team with the most unique donors on March 6 will be crowned our 2020 Bulldog Challenge Champions.

Last year’s Bulldog Challenge was historic, raising more than $211,000 to support current programs and student-athletes. Track/Field & Cross Country brought home the trophy with a record of 145 unique donors. Baseball got special recognition for raising more than $96,000.

We are counting on YOU to support your favorite athletics program and help us continue our winning streak!