Terry Fossum

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Terry Fossum
Terry Fossum photograph.jpg
Alma materTexas A&M University
OccupationPhilanthropist, actor, producer, and businessperson

Terry Fossum is an American businessperson and philanthropist. He is best known as the winner of the Fox reality television series Kicking and Screaming.

Early life[edit]

Terry L. Fossum was born in Mission, Texas but raised in McAllen, Texas as one of three brothers, during which time he joined the Boy Scouts of America, where he became an Eagle Scout. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University while serving in the Corps of Cadets, following which Fossum became an officer in the U.S. Air Force.[1][2][3][4] He became the Officer of the Year for the Fairchild Air Force Base[5] and was the Executive Officer for a Group of Nuclear B-52 Bombers.[6] After the Air Force Fossum founded a direct sales company, and became a travelling public speaker.[2] He also founded the Terry L. Fossum Learning Center in Rwanda, the Terry L. Fossum Scholarships for Underprivileged Youth in McAllen, and providing agricultural training for Malawi, Africa.[5] He has been named the Strategic Air Command Humanitarian of the Year.[7]


In 2017 Fossum appeared on the Fox reality television series Kicking and Screaming, a show that paired survival experts with “wilderness impaired partners”.[8] He and his partner Natalie Casanova won the competition, splitting the $500,000 grand prize.[9] Fossum was also the producer for the film Tiger Lily Is My Little Sister, in which he also acted, and the film Role Prey. Both films centered on the problem of human trafficking.[10]


Fossum has continued to be involved in the Boy Scouts of America, first as a scoutmaster, and eventually as the vice president for programs for the Washington State's Inland Northwest Council,[3] as a resident of Spokane Valley, Washington.[11]


  1. ^ Whitehead, Travis (September 8, 2017). "Camp Perry to receive $6.1 million overhaul".
  2. ^ a b Network, KAYE THORNBRUGH Hagadone News. "Been there, survived that: Speaker inspires business crowd". www.bonnercountydailybee.com.
  3. ^ a b Star, JOSH JANNEY | The Winchester. "Philanthropist Fossum speaks at 2018 Friends of Scouting Dinner". The Winchester Star.
  4. ^ "Fossum '86 Wins 'Kicking And Screaming,' Takes Home $250k". Texas A&M Today. May 15, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Community Leaders To Support Scouts At Annual Luncheon". www.chattanoogan.com.
  6. ^ "Local Scoutmaster Terry Fossum nearing finish line on "Kicking and Screaming" reality TV show | The Spokesman-Review". www.spokesman.com.
  7. ^ ""Kicking and Screaming" & Leadership -- Terry Fossum". Retrieved 2020-04-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "McAllen native cast in 'Survivor'-like reality show premiering Thursday on Fox". Brownsville Herald.
  9. ^ "Spokane Scoutmaster wins $250,000 grand prize on survivalist reality TV show | The Spokesman-Review". www.spokesman.com.
  10. ^ "Human trafficking movie to be filmed on Kalispel Reservation". Entertainment Spokane. January 29, 2020.
  11. ^ Monitor, Special to The (May 2, 2017). "McAllen native wins $250,000 in survivalist reality show".