March 19, 2013
UC Athletics Reinstates & Enhances Olympic Sport Scholarships:
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CINCINNATI — Tuesday’s announcement by University of Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock that the department of athletics will reinstate and increase funding to its Olympic sports scholarship programs is monumental news, not just for the programs which previously lost scholarship funding, but it’s additionally momentous to the UC baseball program.
“This is quite possibly the most significant development affecting the UC baseball program during my time at UC,” said baseball head coach Brian Cleary
. “This plan removes the largest obstacle we have faced and will allow us to pursue players in the same fashion as those schools with which we compete."
Beginning in the fall of 2013-14, UC will implement an aggressive plan to ultimately offer the full NCAA complement of grant-in-aid scholarships to student-athletes in each of its 19 programs.
“This clearly demonstrates that the University and its leadership are committed to excellence in all of our sports and that we intend to compete on the national stage,” Cleary added. “There is no question that our baseball program will benefit from this plan.”
Due to fiscal constraints in 2009, the department previously reduced scholarship funding for a number of sports and eliminated all scholarships for three sports which included men’s cross country, men’s track and field, and men’s swimming and diving. Today’s announcement reverses that decision and reinforces UC’s commitment to comprehensive excellence across the board.
UC fields 10 women’s teams (basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track & field and volleyball) and nine men’s sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving and indoor and outdoor track and field).
To help fund this initiative, UC athletics is taking a multi-pronged approach, including undertaking an aggressive fundraising initiative called the “110% Campaign” which requests that existing UCATS (University of Cincinnati Athletics Team Support) donors give an additional 10 percent on top of their gift from last year and that new, first-time donors give at a minimum level of $110. Gifts from over 5,000 UCATS members directly impact the scholarship needs of each of the University’s 19 programs and serves as the primary financial support for all athletics scholarships on an annual basis.
Consistent with the University mission, one central tenet of Babcock’s program is a commitment to comprehensive excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
“We are in an era where athletic departments are routinely cutting budgets and even sports,” Babcock said. “By fully funding scholarships in all of our sports, we can help our coaches achieve our championship expectations. It’s an aggressive undertaking and I’m confident we can achieve it. The increased scholarship funding will also enable more young men and women to attend UC and receive a first-class education, some of whom will be first-generation college students. This is an exciting day for the future of our department and University.”
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