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APRIL 2020

Wildcat Wednesday - A Message from Dave Heeke

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Dear Wildcats,

As we are quickly approaching the end of the semester, our student-athletes continue to shine while facing the unprecedented uncertainty of these trying times. The outstanding young men and women in our athletic programs continue to receive national accolades, represent the Wildcat Way and remain determined in the wake of canceled seasons.

Four members of our men's and women's golf programs earned All-America honors, including Vivian Hou who was named the WGCA's national Freshman of the Year. Sam Thomas of Arizona Women's Basketball penned a fantastic letter to our fans, showcasing the unity and connection between our athletics department and Southern Arizona. Three members of Arizona Football embarked on their professional careers after signing with NFL teams. Finally, we saw all six seniors from Arizona Softball commit to returning for the 2021 season and adding another chapter to their Wildcat journeys.

Student-athletes are the core of what we do at Arizona Athletics, and we all feel a great sense of pride in seeing ambassadors of Arizona embodying the values and characteristics of being a Wildcat. They are compassionate, adaptive and determined. We've seen current and former student-athletes rise to the occasion during this global pandemic, and that is something we all can be proud of.

In case you missed it, here are some of the newest stories and updates from Arizona Athletics:


Thank you for wearing the colors and sharing your Arizona pride! If your photo submission did not make this week's edition of the Wildcat Wednesday, please check our "Wear the Colors" album at on Fridays.

NOTE: Please submit photos for Wildcat Wednesday with an original email to using the subject line 'Wildcat Wednesday photo.' Also, please ensure all submissions are clear and properly lit. We also ask that you identify everyone in the photo so we can highlight them accordingly.

Continue being a proud Wildcat by

  • Staying strong and being safe
  • Renewing your Wildcat Club membership or Joining Today
  • Wearing the colors and Bear Down with pride

Bear Down,

Dave Heeke
Vice President and Director of Athletics


Stay connected with your fellow teammates, Letterwinners, and alumni on the new Bear Down Network! Join today and access networking, career development, and an opportunity to provide career advice to current student-athletes!

Adapting to Life Without Athletics

In mid- April letterwinners Richard Jefferson (Men's Basketball), Lovie Jung (Softball), and Anthony Wingate (Football) virtually met with student-athletes to talk about their transition from being a student-athlete to life without athletics. Scroll below to see some of the advice that these successful letterwinners provided to student-athletes.

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Leslie (Wolfe) Brown


Barrett Baker


Autumn Champion-Schur


Josh Staley Soccer

Jamie (Krohn) Staley Swim

Bonnie Brandon


Darrell Hussman


Ryan Nussbaum

Baseball Student Manager

Mackenzie Vandergeest


Haden Gregory


Best Wishes for Becky Bell

Shhhhh! This is a surprise!

As a reminder, we are compiling a surprise farewell piece for her, and we are asking all alumni who want to join us in saying thank you and best wishes to submit quotes, pictures, or videos HERE. If you have trouble submitting in the form, please email me directly at

Thank you and Bear Down CATS!

- Lacey (Nymeyer) John '09, '14 | Swimming/Diving

A-Club Stays Active

Each Wednesday we highlight letterwinners who are staying active and coming up with unique ways for their families to join in! Take a look at some of the highlights from this month.

Courtney Fossatti Kreuzberger (Softball)

Family Gym Time

Kenzie Fowler Quinn (Softball) and Kyle Quinn (Football)


Sam Sears (Soccer) and Kevin Sears (Baseball)

Sidewalk Chalk Workout

Wildcats Pay It Forward

Each Thursday, we highlight a Wildcat who is giving back to the community during this time. Check below to see who we highlighted this month.

Peter “Guam” Johnson (Swim) &
Beau Ralphs

These two Wildcats donated Phat Scooters to local delivery drivers to make it easier for them to deliver food.

Frank Youdelman (Rifle)

Multiple times a week, Frank brings breakfast and lunch to first responders so they have a meal.

Bear Down Network

Adam Kuehl (Track & Field)

Adam is paying it forward by donating his own throwing equipment to the current team to use for practice.

Stay Connected

Do you have any photos from when you were a student-athlete or ones of you currently showing your Wildcat spirit? Send them to us on any social media platform or by emailing us at for a chance to be featured!


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