"I decided to donate to the UC athletic facilities campaign because I want the University of Cincinnati to have the number one athletic program in the country. To become the best each one of us needs to take personal ownership and do our part in whatever form or size we can afford. Waiting for someone else to step up will result in failure, however everyone pulling together and doing their part will result in success that we can all take pride in and enjoy for years to come. Our city, our University, our team. It's our time to step up!" - Doug Goodwin, CAS '92, Loveland, OH
"I chose to donate to the Jefferson Avenue Sports Complex project because I felt it was my time. Our University has many donors who have been faithful to provide funding to countless projects over the years. The long term success of our football program is dependent on the development of a fan base that is committed not only on gameday, but at times like this when such a vital need is present. UC football has provided so many great experiences for me as a fan, and has brought an increased level of pride of being a Bearcat. This particular project is extremely important to me as a UC alum, as I see not only its immediate impact, but the long-term benefit in recruiting, which is so crucial in the continuation of the progress we have made. Coaches move on and players graduate, but the University I love will be here forever, and I want to do my part to ensure that we continue our rise to a position among the elite!" - Nathan Held, COB '06, Cincinnati, OH
"Even though I am not a UC alumni, I am a Cincinnati native and have been a UC fan or almost 30 years. I feel that we need these facilities to retain and/or attract top quality people in the program" - Jeffrey Burkhart, Covington, KY
"Last year (2008) provided me with two memories I will always cherish. I attended all of the games including the Pitt game where we clinched the BIG EAST championship and a BCS bowl berth. Growing up in Cincinnati and graduating from the University of Cincinnati, I never dreamed there would come a day when we would be playing for an Orange Bowl berth. The excitement surrounding that game and being caught up in the celebration on the turf at Nippert after the game is something I will never forget. Right now, my role is to financially support the university and right now I have an opportunity to contribute to a project that will help UC compete for a national championship every year. I intend to take advantage of that opportunity." - Joe Mack, CAS '88, Lebanon, OH
"What moved me to donate to the sports complex was being able to contribute to the excitement and visibility a nationally recognized football program brings to our campus and city. You couldn't put a much better product on our field than the current staff and administration has, and I want to do all I can to help maintain that." - Anthony Franzese, COE ' 07, Cincinnati, OH
"I was compelled to donate to this project for two reasons. First, now it the time to upgrade our facilities so that they match the level of the product on the field. Second, I believe UC is uniquely positioned - both geographically and in terms of their conference affiliation - to have great future successes and I am confident that this facility will provide a tremendous lift to all varsity sports for many years to come." - Chris Curran, Cincinnati, OH
"The Jefferson Avenue Sports Complex provides a unique opportunity to support UC. Getting those facilities in place is a key part of upgrading our football program to perrenial national contender and consistent BIG EAST powerhouse. Beyond that is the truly special thing about this project: it significantly upgrades the student experience at the University of Cincinnati and positions our Lacrosse team to compete for BIG EAST championships immediately. I'm a recent alumnus and I live in North Carolina, so I'm relatively poor and disconnected. But it is clear that the Jefferson Avenue Sports Complex is a necessary step in the maturation of the University. So, I happily give to the project, with the full knowledge that it is the first in a series of projects that will catapult our national reputation along with our rising academic prowess. For something this valuable, at a moment when our commitment to BIG EAST level athletics is being challenged, I can cut back on my nights on the town to invest in the spirit of Charlie McMicken; for our students and for our athletic success." - Brad Johnson, DAAP '08, Cary, NC.