Catawba's Baseball and Softball Teams Sponsor Rodeo

Catawba College’s Baseball and Softball Teams are sponsoring the First Annual Catawba Grand Slam Professional Rodeo at 8 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12. The events will be held at the Cabarrus Arena and Event Center on Highway 49 North in Concord. The event is sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association and produced by KenJ Productions of Aiken, S.C. Proceeds from the event will be used to establish an annual scholarship for special needs students at Catawba and to supplement the annual budgets for both teams, according to Coaches Jim Gantt and Nan Whitley. The Catawba Grand Slam Rodeo will feature World Champion bucking horses and bulls owned by Ken Treadway, two-time stock contractor of the year for the IPRA. World Champion cowboys and cowgirls will compete for points and dollars and try to land places in the International Finals Rodeo. Sanctioned Contest Events include bareback riding, saddle bronco riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, cowgirl barrel racing, team roping and bull riding. There will also be rodeo specialty acts and some of the funniest clowns in the business at the venue which is billed as “the Greatest Show on Dirt.” According to Coach Gantt, a coach at a competing institution spoke to him about successfully launching such an annual event with the help of an outside production company. It had a good turnout and offered spectators a chance to take in a different sort of entertainment. It has since grown into an event which supports close to a dozen annual scholarships for special needs students to attend a college or university of their choice. Coach Whitley agreed noting that there’s a great interest in this area in western style riding events. “Even though this is Indians territory,” she said, noting that Catawba’s athletic teams are called the Indians, “there’s a lot more cowboys around than you think.” Both coaches hope that local area businesses which have consistently supported their teams will consider sponsoring some of the rodeo events or acts because those sponsorships will help underwrite costs. Tickets are available in advance through Ticket Master at 704-522-6500 or on the day of the show at the gate. Costs are $13 in advance or $14 at the door for adults; $7 in advance or $8 at the door for children 12 and under; and free for children under two years of age. For more details on tickets for this event at the Cabarrus Arena and Event Center, visit

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«October 2017»
October 1

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

October 2

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 1 (Ocean Ridge Plantation)

October 3

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 2 (Ocean Ridge Plantation) 14th of 17

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 4

Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1

Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-1

October 5

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-8

October 6

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 1) 

October 7

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 2) 1st of 7

Cross Country @ Hagan Stone Classic W-1st;M-3rd

Football vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 26-20

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 2-3

Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

October 9

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 1 (Rock Barn GC)

October 10

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 2 (Rock Barn GC) 9th of 17

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 10th of 17

October 11

Soccer (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-1

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-4

October 14

Football vs. WINGATE 24-27

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

Soccer (M) @ Anderson 1-2

Soccer (W) @ Anderson 1-2

October 16

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 17

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 11th of 13

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 12th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 4-5

October 18

Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1

Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0

October 19

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-7

October 20

Swimming WOMEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 81-172

Swimming MEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 91-164

Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 1-3

October 21

Cross Country @ SAC Championships W-4th;M-8th

Volleyball @ Tusculum 0-3

Swimming Men @ Wingate 65-177

Swimming Women at Wingate 56-187

Football @ Tusculum 40-13

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 1-2

October 24

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

October 25

Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.

October 27

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 7 p.m.

October 28

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1 p.m.

Football @ Limestone 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3:30 p.m.

October 31

Soccer (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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