Bearcat Basketball Fan Jam Scheduled to Rock Fifth Third Arena on October 20

GOBEARCATSDOTCOM Deonta Vaughn
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Deonta Vaughn
GOBEARCATSDOTCOM
Men's Basketball |

Sept. 23, 2007

CINCINNATI - The Countdown to Friday, October 12 and the first day of practices for the Bearcats continues for head men's basketball coach Mick Cronin and his team, with a major new event set to debut in Fifth Third Arena eight days later.

Saturday, October 20 will hail the inaugural Bearcat Basketball Fan Jam, presented by Skyline Chili. This basketball-centric event will feature a full-length scrimmage, post game autograph session, and giveaways for fans throughout the action.

Admission to the Bearcat Basketball Fan Jam, presented by Skyline Chili is only $5, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the medical expenses of UC Dance Team member Kristin Drew, who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. Due to the fundraising nature of this event, there will be no complimentary admissions to the Fan Jam. All patrons, including UC students, will be paid admissions.

"Cancer is a terrible disease and everyone should join in the fight to help Kristin with her battle" says Cronin. "Our family suffered a terrible loss when Cancer took my Mom a few years back, and I can empathize with what the Drew Family is going through right now. I know that I can count on our Bearcat Fans to come out and support both Kristin, and UC basketball with their attendance at this event."

Activities commence with the "CHAMPIONS WALK", launching from the Oscar Robertson Statue in Victory Plaza. Coach Cronin will address the crowd with a pep talk and will lead the one mile walk through campus. The course will go up O'Varsity Way, through CCM Plaza, down Main Street, past the Campus Recreation Center, and over to the East Side of Fifth Third Arena where patrons will then enter the venue for the start of the RED/BLACK Scrimmage. Participation in the walk is free and the first 1,000 fans to complete the walk with Coach Cronin and the team will receive a complimentary adidas UC hat.

The first 1,000 fans in Fifth Third Arena will receive a complimentary UC basketball t-shirt. At the end of the scrimmage fans will have the chance to have UC men's basketball student-athletes sign their t-shirts. Coach Cronin will also address the crowd as will select members of the Bearcat team. Patrons will be given the all-new 2007-08 UC men's basketball team calendar posters on exit from the building.

 

 

"Cincinnati Basketball fans are passionate about the Bearcats and it is always a great time to get out in the community and have the chance to meet the Bearcat faithful" says second-year head coach Mick Cronin. "I am looking forward to each of these events around the community, and especially our Bearcat Basketball Fan Jam on Saturday, October 20. Having great partners like Skyline Chili and adidas putting their energy behind this event will make it an instant Bearcat Basketball tradition that we can continue for many years."

Start time for this event is yet to be determined based on the kickoff time for the UC road football game at Pittsburgh. Check GoBEARCATS.com for the latest event information in the weeks leading up to the event.

UC men's basketball opens the exhibition season on Wednesday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Fifth Third Arena against the Norse of Northern Kentucky University. For season ticket information please call the UC Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-CATS-TIX or click on the web to www.CATSTIX.com

2007-08 PRESEASON MEN'S BASKETBALL BEARCAT CARAVAN EVENTS:

Thursday, September 27
BEARCAT CARAVAN - North Side
Montgomery Inn
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
9440 Montgomery Road
Montgomery, Ohio 45242

Monday, October 1
BEARCAT CARAVAN - East Side
Salem Gardens
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
6396 Salem Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

Wednesday, October 10
BEARCAT CARAVAN - West Side
Take Five Bar and Grill
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
6957 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45247-3205

Saturday, October 13
BEARCAT CARAVAN - Campus
Football Game vs. Louisville
Schott Stadium / Sheakley Lawn
Time TBD
Check GoBEARCATS.com

Saturday, October 20
Bearcat Basketball Fan Jam
Presented by Skyline Chili
Victory Plaza & Fifth Third Arena
Time TBD
Check GoBEARCATS.com

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