BEARCATS IN THE COMMUNITY

The Bearcat football program is committed not to just achieving success on the playing field, but also to be a contributing member in the community.

Throughout the year, the team gives back to the community in a number of ways, from volunteering time around the holidays at the Drop Inn Center to visiting the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The team has also taken part in various other community service activites ranging from Make A Difference Day to volunteering at area YMCA's. Various other community service projects include Sports Buddies, Habitat for Humanity, Cincinnati Kid Fest, the Special Olympics, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and a homeless shelter and reading to school children.

The Bearcats have also helped the football community as well. The coaching staff hosts more than 100 area youth coaches for a free coaching clinic and a youth skills camp, also free.

Head coach Mark Dantonio serves as a spokesperson for the Star Shine Hospice at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Honorary Chair of the Arthritis Foundation.

The Bearcats also give back to the fans. It was a small gesture following UC's win at Virginia Tech in 1995 that led to a new tradition, a tradition aimed at the fans. Following the shutout of the Hokies on a rain drenched field that day, the Bearcats moved enmass to the corner of the field where the UC supporters were located. The Bearcats then sang the school fight song, "Cheer Cincinnati," as a way to thank the fans for their support. Since then, the UC players celebrate every victory this way.