Xavier and UC rivals come together for Crosstown Helpout

Presidents of both universities to kick off event with crowd of 900 volunteers | January 9, 2004

Xavier and the University of Cincinnati may be opponents on the basketball court, but both schools are cooperating rather than competing to give back to the community during the seventh annual Crosstown Helpout on Saturday, Jan. 24. Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J., and UC President Nancy L. Zimpher both are helping to kick off the event as volunteers from both schools gather at UC's Fifth Third Arena at 8:00 a.m.

Approximately 900 volunteers, including students, alumni and friends of both universities, are expected. From the arena, volunteers are splitting up into teams and heading to 37 schools and agencies in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas to work on various projects. The projects include painting and plastering walls, waxing floors, cleaning windows, picking up trash, weatherproofing buildings and building bookshelves. The teams are working from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Among the sites the teams are visiting are Corryville Catholic School, Bond Hill Academy, Our Daily Bread, East End Community Heritage School and the Welcome House of Northern Kentucky.

"Xavier is pleased to support the Crosstown Helpout. As defined as our allegiances become on Feb. 3, the Crosstown Helpout shows how fans can unite to support our city," says Thad Matta, Xavier head men's basketball coach.

Again this year a prize patrol is visiting all the sites, and volunteers are eligible to win an assortment of prizes, including tickets to the Crosstown Shootout on Feb. 3 at the Cintas Center.

"The Crosstown Helpout is a wonderful event that carries the spirit of the Crosstown Shootout into the community, providing needed assistance to many area schools and agencies. It's a great opportunity for Bearcat and Musketeer fans to come together for a worthwhile cause," says Bob Huggins, UC head men's basketball coach.

This year's event is sponsored by Xavier's national alumni association, UC's alumni association, The Home Depot, Glidden Paint, Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Aramark, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera, Chiquita, LaRosa's, Home City Ice and Skyline Chili.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Schomaker at Xavier at 513 745-3081 or Phillip Lanham at UC at 513 556-4405, or visit www.crosstownhelpout.com.