April 13, 2013
CINCINNATI - In recognition of its student-athletes' dedication and accomplishments in the classroom and competition, the University of Cincinnati's Department of Athletics celebrated National Student-Athlete Day (NSAD) through a series of activities April 3-12.
April 6, 2013 marked the 26th celebration of NSAD. During this day, high school and college student-athletes nationwide were honored for achieving excellence in the classroom and on the field, while making significant contributions to their schools and communities.
"National Student-Athlete Day is a way for us, as a department, to recognize our student-athletes for all of their hard work that they put in over the past year," said UC Director of Student-Athlete Development Cassaundra Thorpe. Thorpe, who is in her second year with UC's Department of Athletics, was responsible for organizing this year's NSAD activities.
Cincinnati kicked off its celebration April 3 with a cookout hosted by the Office of Student-Athlete Support Services. Athletics administrators cooked and served the student-athletes and afterward, the group headed to watch the baseball team battle Toledo. Women's track and field standout Mackenzie Fields, who recently set the Gettler Stadium and school records in the women's outdoor pole vault at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, threw the first pitch to Matt Bova, who is on the men's track and field team.
UC's Bearcats STRONG group was also recognized at the baseball game. Bearcats STRONG honors student-athletes who have a semester grade point average of 3.0 and higher and exhibit high standards in competition and strength and conditioning training. This week, 120 student-athletes were acknowledged for their academic prowess and athletic abilities. Throughout the baseball game facts were read about all Bearcats teams and individual student-athletes, recognizing their accomplishments both in their sports and academically.
UC continued the celebration of its student-athletes through April 12, hosting All-Sports Days Friday, April 5 (women's lacrosse vs. Marquette), Tuesday, April 9 (baseball vs. Xavier) and Friday, April 12 (women's tennis vs. Marshall). All-Sports Days are held throughout the year as all student-athletes attend one game together for each sport in support of their peers.
"The goal of our All-Sports Days is for our student-athletes support each other," said Thorpe. "One way we accomplish that is by attending other sports' competitions and cheering them on. We are One Team; we compete as one and cheer as one.
NSAD is celebrated annually and has seen 3,440,610 million student-athletes honored, nationwide, since 1997. In 2012 alone, over 260,000 student-athletes were honored. It has become one of America's strongest endeavors promoting the positive virtues of sport and student-athletes as a whole, and the positive affect they both have on society.
The complete list of Bearcats STRONG honorees is available via the following link: Bearcats STRONG
Photos of the week's events are available via the following links: National Student-Athlete Day Cookout; All-Sports Days