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Spread the Word

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So here I am on "Twitter," like so many people, and I get a direct message from @sprtswrtrgirl 
who tells me she's an aspiring sports reporter and watches my coverage on Fox19. Well, of course, I start following her on Twitter so I can see what she does. Come to find out, she's a member of the Rally Cats on the UC campus, and then I start following her 'tweets.' Pretty soon I noticed that, along with the usual college angst of books and late nights and such, she's also very active in inviting her followers to attend all kinds of sporting events.

"Come to the women's soccer game. Free pizza afterwards!" (I'm paraphrasing, but that was the gist of her tweet.)

And that got me to thinking about a couple of issues: First, the whole issue about "no one comes to our games." Well, have you invited them? Let's think. If everyone on the women's soccer team has, oh, around 500 friends on Facebook, and if, on their status lines, or on their 'tweets' on Twitter, each player says, "Big home game Friday night against Rutgers. Come cheer on the Bearcats as we get ready for Big East tournament play!"

Let's say, again, if one-fifth of those people decided to wander over to the game, and each person brought a friend. That's 200 people at the game. And that's what just one player could bring to a game.

The second issue is, supporting the university's programs in general, not just soccer, not just men's or women's sports. A couple of years ago former women's basketball players from both U.C. and Xavier were invited back for the women's crosstown shootout game. Afterwards, these players said, more than once, that they wished they had supported other sports and other female athletes while they were on campus.

I'd never seen a lacrosse game in person until I did the announcing for one of the women's games last spring. Now, I think the sport is awesome! So take in a volleyball game, soccer game, or one of the other sports that don't necessarily get the headlines. You'll see athletes just as skilled, just as dedicated as the ones playing football or basketball.

And you don't have to wait for an invitation.

 


Welcome to my blog!

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Hello everyone and welcome to my UC women's sports blog here at gobearcats.com. I've posted one blog here earlier, but this week is the official launch of our 'new and improved' blog channels.

Just to give you a little bit of background, I have been following UC women's sports ever since I was an honorary coach for the "Lady Bearcats" as they were called then, when I worked for WCPO-TV. The school and especially the women's program have grown since then, and I hope to be able to tell you a little more about them as the seasons go on.

Now, I'll probably be writing a little more about the women's basketball team, just because I do the stadium announcements for the team at 5/3 arena and I'll see them more often. But I also plan to tell you a little more about some of the other women's programs along the way, as well.

And that's where you come in. I hear all the time that 'women's sports needs more coverage," so here's your chance! Unfortunately, I can't be at every event every day on campus, so I'm depending on you to let me know what you'd like me to write about, if there's a particular player who is a favorite of yours who has a great story, or a team that has really captured your imagination.

We are expecting this to be an exciting time for Bearcats programs, especially the women's programs, and I hope you can help me tell their story. Drop me a note at bross@gamedaypr.com and tell me what you'd like to see, and I'll do my best to cover it.

This is a terrific chance to cover women's sports, and I hope you'll join me on the journey.

 

IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A TEAM

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 Welcome to my blog on Cincinnati Bearcats' women's sports! Let me tell you a little about myself, and what I'd like to accomplish before we get into my first posting: First, I've been covering Cincinnati goings-ons for some 20 years now. Those of you who have been around town for a while know I started in news here in town, then jumped to ESPN back in 1997. I had five terrific years there, then came back home in 2002 to start my own sports p.r. business. Sports has always been a passion, and my schedule now allows me to cover women's sports for a number of TV outlets in the area.

 I know there is interest out there for women's athletics. I talk to women and men alike who are interested in women's sports and want more coverage. This blog is a start. But I'm always looking for your thoughts and suggestions on sports and athletes to cover, so feel free to pitch in. I'll post my email address at the bottom of the blog.

 I've been writing already about the development of the women's basketball team under new head coach Jamelle Elliott, and the plan she and her staff has to rebuild the program. The latest step in that effort came earlier this week, in the first of a series of 'meet and greets' Coach and the staff have scheduled around Greater Cincinnati.

 Now, this isn't the first time Coach Elliott has gone out to introduce herself to the community, Since her appointment in May, she's been very active in getting out to alumni and young professionals, preaching the gospel of UC women's basketball. If you don't know, she has the pedigree to back up her message, with a dozen years of coaching at the side of UConn's Geno Auriemma, four years of playing for the Huskies and six national championships to show for it.

 But what's a team without fans? And that's the message behind this community 'house party' tour. Supporting the Cats is one thing, supporting them by attending games is quite another. My former ESPN colleague, Nell Fortner, now coaching at Auburn, once said something I thought was right on target: When she was coaching the Indiana Fever WNBA team, she said she'd get requests from friends all the time for free tickets. "Now, I can get them all the free tickets they want," she said. "But I want them to BUY the tickets, give back to the program, and support us with their dollars."

 We all have more choices than ever for our entertainment dollars. We want family-friendly activites that won't break the bank. A ticket to a women's basketball game is not only a show of support for the program, it's an investment in the University and the young women who play the game. As John Wooden always said, if you want to see how the game of basketball should be played, go to a women's game. I encourage you to do the same.

 If you have suggestions on other topics or athletes you'd like to see covered, please drop me a line. My email is bross@gamedaypr.com.