Family Weekend Coming Soon!

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Family Weekend at Gardner-Webb University on Oct. 7-9, and a host of fun events is planned for our Runnin’ Bulldog families.  Check out the Family Weekend schedule below, and contact Karissa Weir at 704-406-4732 if you have further questions.

Information on driving directions and area hotel accommodations is also available at the Family Weekend website.

Family Weekend Schedule

Family Weekend Service Project – All Weekend

While you enjoy this year’s Family Weekend activities, please help support our community by bringing donations for the Cleveland County Rescue Mission.  The following items are needed: hand sanitizer, toilet paper, baking soda, zip lock bags, coffee, creamer, plastic cutlery, paper plates, laundry detergent, grits, oatmeal.  Drop your items off in Suttle Wellness Center.

Friday, October 7

1:00 p.m. Golf Tournament, hosted by the GWU Baseball Team

Participants can form teams of four or enter as individuals and be placed on a team.  For more information, contact Kent Cox at or 704-406-3559.

7:00 p.m. “My Run” – A documentary about Terry Hitchcock

After tragically losing his wife to breast cancer and struggling to raise three young children on his own, real life superhero and modern day “Forrest Gump,” Terry Hitchcock, seized on an idea.  He wanted to accomplish the impossible: run 75 consecutive marathons in 75 consecutive days to bring attention to the incredibly difficult lives of single-parent families.  The documentary is narrated by Billy Bob Thornton. Terry Hitchcock will be at Gardner-Webb in person to speak before and after the feature presentation.  For more, visit

7:00 p.m. GWU Volleyball vs. Winthrop University

Paul Porter Arena, located in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center – Admission is free!

7:00 p.m. – Sat. 10:00 a.m. Campout! Carolina – Campus Challenge

Gardner-Webb will be participating in Camput! Carolina’s Campus Challenge.  Campout! Carolina is an annual statewide event encouraging residents to show support for North Carolina’s environment by camping out the night of the Oct. 7th.  The GWU community will be “TENT” camping on the Quad.  Campfire pits and wood will be provided, as will drinks and some snacks.  Bring your hot dogs and s’mores ingredients for roasting.  Bring your own camping gear, musical instruments, and campfire tales for a family fun night under the stars.  Shower facilities will be available in Bost Gym. Reservations are Required, so RSVP by Sept. 30th.  Call 704-406-4257 for more information and to make your reservation today!

7:30 p.m. “Is He Dead?” – a play by Mark Twain

As its fall production, GWU’s Theater Department presents Mark Twain’s recently discovered farce “Is He Dead?”, a hilarious comedy directed by Tony-nominated guest director Bill Martin.  For more information, call 704-406-2777 or visit

Saturday, October 8

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. DAWG DAY

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will host a campus-wide Dawg Day for prospective students and their families on Saturday. For more information, call (800)-253-6472 or email

12:00 p.m. GWU Volleyball vs. Presbyterian College

Paul Porter Arena, located in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center – Admission is free!

12:00 p.m. Alumni Baseball Game – John Henry Moss Stadium

Former Gardner-Webb baseball players will take on the current Diamond ‘Dogs in a nine-inning game at Bill Masters Field at John Henry Moss Stadium.  Tailgating will be available on the upper field before and during the game.

2:00 p.m. GWU Men’s Soccer vs. Liberty University

Greene-Harbison Field – Admission is free!

4:00 p.m. GWU Football vs. Liberty University

Spangler Stadium – For ticket information, contact 704-406-4340.

7:00 p.m. GWU Women’s Soccer vs. High Point University

Greene-Harbison Field – Admission is free!

Sunday, October 9

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Alumni Legacy Breakfast – Ritch Banquet Hall

You’ve grown up listening to your parents and maybe even your grandparents, brothers and sisters tell of their days at Gardner-Webb. The Alumni Legacy Breakfast is an event hosted by the Alumni Association and the Office of Student Activities for current Gardner-Webb students whose immediate family attended Gardner-Webb.  Alumni parents, siblings and grandparents are invited to attend the breakfast with their current student!

  • This event is free for current Gardner-Webb students and $10 for family members.
  • Please RSVP for this event by Friday, October 1st. Contact (704) 406-ALUM(2585) to RSVP.

10:30 a.m. Family Worship Service – Dover Chapel 

Join the GWU family in Dover Chapel as we worship together.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University was founded in 1905 and is home to over 4,300 students from 37 states and 21 foreign countries.  Gardner-Webb seeks a higher ground in higher education – one that embraces faith and intellectual freedom, balances conviction with compassion, and inspires in students a love of learning, service, and leadership.