Oct. 6, 2011
The 1200 Club, in conjunction with UCATS, held its second annual in-season reception at the Original Montgomery Inn Wednesday.
The reception, held before Coach Jones' weekly radio show, drew over 100 members, leading to a raucous, enthusiastic audience for the radio show, which was moved upstairs to the Montgomery Inn banquet rooms due to the number of people.
The hour-long reception, which featured Coach Jones and members of the football team, featured a recap of the season through five games and Q&A from Coach Jones. The players also addressed 1200 Club Members with offensive lineman Randy Martinez delivering a stirring close to the event.
Coach Jones launched the program in February 2010, which consists of donors contributing $1,200 annually. The Club has recently exceeded 180 members.
A Coaches Circle level has recently been implemented for donors of $12,000 of more and currently has nine members.
Club benefits include 1200 Club apparel, member-only communications, pregame sideline passes for a Bearcats home game, and invitations to exclusive member-only events with Bearcats players and staff like signing day morning and evening events, the teams "Night of Champions" off-season competition, Butch's Blue Jean Ball in May, 1200 Club Day at Camp Higher Ground and more.
The mission of the 1200 Club is to provide the non-budgeted financial support that allows Coach Jones to pursue the ongoing needs of facilitating a nationally competitive program.
Some of the program contributions since the clubs inception in February of 2010 include: a graphics project that displayed Orange and Sugar Bowl tributes, Bearcats in the NFL wall, academic recognition wall, among others; locker room upgrades, head coach office remodel graphics and equipment for position meeting rooms.
Two of the major projects have included the addition of the fuel station and the building of the Dr. Robert S. Heidt Family Players' Lounge.
The lounge includes six flat screen televisions, Xbox and Playstation systems, couches, computers, pool table, juke box, arcade games and a shuffle board table.
1200 Club monies also supplement the recruiting budget with funds going towards travel expenses and a recently purchased 10-passenger golf cart
"The members truly see the difference they're making," Keith Pantling, 1200 Club Administrator said. "Coach Jones is committed to spending 1200 Club funds on equipment and facility upgrades that the membership can observe and be proud of."
To learn more about the in "inner-circle" or to become of member of the Bearcats Football Family today, visit http://ucats.net/ucats-1200-club.html or contact the 1200 Club by phone at 513-556-0597 or by calling the UCATS office at 1-800-55-UCATS.