UC BASEBALL IN THE COMMUNITY

Alex Massengill

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats Baseball team has been extremely active in the Cincinnati community over the years and 2012 was no exception. The Bearcats continued their relationship with the Cincinnati VA Medical Center on Vine Street in Clifton. The team sent five to eight players monthly to the hospital throughout the year to visit patients in various conditions and situations. Patients enjoyed the opportunity to talk and interact with the players to help distract them from the sometimes harsh reality of being hospitalized for extended periods of time.

The team also partnered with the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund and it’s Urban Youth Academy to help bring baseball to the underprivileged youth in the city. The academy is currently located off Winton Road in the Winton Hills area, with plans to move into their new Roselawn facility soon. The team sent three to five players each week during fall of 2011 to help instruct and interact with the kids in attendance at the academy’s evening sessions. The team also hosted a skills and fundamentals session in the early part of 2012 to help local academy coaches and participants learn drills to improve their abilities.

The Friends of Jaclyn charity partners children who survived serious battles with brain tumors with sports teams in their respective area. When the baseball team was contacted and told they had a child in the area that needed a sponsor, they jumped at the opportunity. Insert Alex Massengill, a 10-year-old cancer survivor from Brown County, Ohio. The team officially adopted him and he was a common sight at Marge Schott Stadium during the 2012 season. The team and department pulled together for cancer awareness night at Marge Schott where they honored Alex with the first pitch and a gift collection that including a new bike.