Third Annual Playdate With The Bearcats A Big Hit

Feb. 10, 2013

CINCINNATI - Nearly 500 people, including nearly 200 University of Cincinnati student-athletes from all of the Bearcats' programs, were on hand Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 taking part in the third annual Mitch's Mission Playdate With The Bearcats at UC's Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

Monies raised at the event will help send children from the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital to summer camp at Camp Joy in Clarksville, Ohio for a week.

The final tally of event proceeds will be announced at a later date.

Playdate participants had access to amenities of the beautiful CWRC, including swimming in the lazy river, the rock-climbing wall and basketball courts.

In addition, those on hand for the playdate took part in carnival type games like the football toss and were able to interact with all the UC student-athletes and coaches on hand. Several autograph sessions took place along with face painting, food and music.

There was also a raffle of a number of UC sports items and other gift baskets that will all help to send sick children to summer camp.

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Mitch's Mission grew out of the relationship between the UC Bearcat football team and Mitch Stone, a young cancer patient who was adopted by the team during their 2009 record-breaking season. Today, Mitch is healthy and cancer-free. With help from the team, Mitch's family started Mitch's Mission so that they could continue helping kids facing similar health challenges.