May 15, 2013
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati department of athletics and UCATS welcomed the women of the George Smith Society for an exclusive on-campus event Wednesday inside the Richard E. Lindner Center in Varsity Village.
The inaugural Girls Night Out was hosted by special guests Kelly Babcock, wife of UC Director of Athletics Whit Babcock, and Suzanne Tuberville, wife of UC Football Coach Tommy Tuberville.
"Girls Night Out came about for two different reasons," Assistant Director of Athletics Karen Hatcher said. "Suzanne (Tuberville) came to me and said, `I want to know our donors; I want to see who they are and know their names'. The other reason is a request from our donors that there be more activities for our female members."
The event afforded the group an opportunity to meet some of the female administration and staff within the department of athletics, including a group of student-athletes who were on hand for a social hour.
Several UC head coaches and administrators, including Molly Alvey (volleyball), Jamelle Elliott (women's basketball), Desiree Reed-Francois (senior associate director of athletics/SWA) Neil Stafford (women's soccer) and Angela Wilson (women's tennis) joined the festivities and provided the group with updates on their teams.
"It's awesome to have so many UC supporters here," Elliott said. "The wives of some of the coaches are here ... for them to come out, be known someone affiliated with UC, mingle with other supporters and be a part of a great Girls Night Out is great for the people involved."
Guided by Bearcats' staffers, the ladies saw the newly renovated weight room areas and met with Kelly Powers, the senior director for Olympic sports strength and conditioning. They also toured the football locker room, the Dr. Robert S. Heidt Family Players' Lounge, fuel station, the recently renovated basketball practice gymnasium and locker rooms of UC's women's teams.
The evening closed out with an academic presentation from Keri Thoman, UC's Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Support Services, information about UC's women's football clinic presented by Lebanon Ford on July 31, 2013 and a Q&A session.
Along with Suzanne Tuberville, several of the assistant football coaches' spouses were in attendance, including: Bennett Rolan (Blake Rolan, wide receivers), Tracie Hiller (Darren Hiller, offensive line), April Helton (Tyson Helton, tight ends/special teams coordinator), Rosemary Gran (Eddie Gran, offensive coordinator/running backs) and Pam Hinshaw (Darin Hinshaw, quarterbacks/passing game coordinator).
Nancy Hamant, who formerly served as UC's faculty athletics representative and is the namesake of the Student-Athlete Support Services Academic Center, also joined tonight's elite group.
"We are excited to have these women here tonight and we thank them for taking time to come out," said Kelly Babcock.
This exclusive group of women also experienced something most fans have not - a trip into Coach Tuberville's office, led by his wife Suzanne.
"I'm so excited to be back [in Cincinnati]," Mrs. Tuberville said. "My family is from here, I grew up here and went to East Central High School ... I want to thank the coaches wives for coming tonight because they went out of their way to be here."
UCATS will host more exclusive events catered to its female donor base, including another Girls Night Out, with exciting details to follow at a later date.
To join UCATS, the George Smith Society or learn more about both, please call 877-55-UCATS or visit GoBEARCATS.com/UCATS.
About the George D. Smith Society
George D. Smith Society members are committed to the spirit of excellence. Since its inception in 1996, many have defined the spirit of giving at UC by providing exceptional educational and athletics opportunities to students who might not have had the opportunity to attend college, let alone earn a degree, without their financial support.