High Country Grizzlies

Donald is the majority owner of the High Country Grizzlies, an indoor football team located in Boone, North Carolina. He is responsible for the overall direction of the team, recruitment of key staff and community engagement.

“When I heard Donald Thompson speak at Appalachian State’s Entrepreneurship Summit, I saw a man with vision and passion to succeed, said Bryan Bouboulis, co-investor in the Grizzlies. “Coming from a sports background and having my own business in the past I could see we shared the same drive. I want to be around someone like that and have my kids have a chance to be influenced and learn from him. We have been able to develop a great synergy and working relationship.”

The Grizzlies are part of the new National Arena League (formerly known as the Arena Developmental League) which was founded in June 2016. The league intends to play in March 2017 and, while not affiliated with any other leagues, plans on developing players to be looked at by scouts in the Arena Football League (AFL), Canadian Football League (CFL), and National Football League (NFL).