Bearcats Host Annual Thank-A-Thon
Jan. 30, 2017

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics and UCATS held its annual thank-a-thon this week, a public outreach to all donors from UC student-athletes to thank them for their contributions to the program.

Over 200 student-athletes personally reached out to almost 4,500 donors over three evenings from Monday to Wednesday. Student-athletes made phone calls, left voicemails and wrote personal thank you letters to UCATS donors.

If you’re not already involved in UCATS, there are a number of ways to donate, including through endowments, estate gifts, facility improvements, capital projects, the general scholarship fund, One Team Excellence Fund and Women’s Excellence Fund.

When you support an athletic endowment, you provide an opportunity to a student-athlete to receive a world-class education at the University of Cincinnati. Endowed funds provide long-term financial support for Bearcats student-athletes for years to come. All endowments are 100 percent tax deductible.

Endowments have become a critical need as UC strives to remain financially competitive with its peer institutions. Every year, UC’s scholarship bill with the University totals $8-$10-million and is paid back to main campus. More scholarship endowments allows more money to remain in the general budget to improve team travel, nutrition, equipment, general operations as well as operations expenses.

For more information about UCATS or to make a donation, please call 513-556-4884 or visit

UCATS is an acronym for University of Cincinnati Athletic Team Support and was established in 1979. It was created to provide financial support to fund student-athlete scholarships and special needs of the athletics department; while fostering camaraderie, sportsmanship and school spirit among students, faculty and staff, alumni and friends of the University of Cincinnati athletics programs.

The private support we receive from donors enables us to provide deserving student-athletes with the necessary tools to be successful in their respective sport, in the classroom and in the community. Increasing the number of memberships in UCATS is critical to building an economic model that will support the long-term growth of UC Athletics.