Xavier, UC rivalry win-win situation for Greater Cincinnati

Eighth annual Crosstown Helpout expects turnout of approximately 1,000 students, faculty and alumni on Jan. 29 | January 12, 2005

Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati may be opponents on the basketball court, but both schools cooperated rather than competed Saturday, Jan. 29, for the 8th annual Crosstown Helpout.

Volunteers meet 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. at the Cintas Center before heading out to the local schools and agencies where they worked 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Approximately 1,000 volunteers aided schools and agencies in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area by painting walls, waxing floors, cleaning windows, picking up trash, sorting clothes and building bookshelves.

The Crosstown Helpout first began in 1998 when 200 volunteers went out to help about a dozen schools. Since then, the program has grown to involve 1,000 volunteers working at 40 schools and agencies. Volunteers of the Crosstown Helpout include students, faculty and alumni of the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University, as well as family and friends of the institutions. They range in ages from children to 70 years old.

“The Crosstown Helpout is a wonderful initiative that provides a joint opportunity for both the Xavier and UC faithful to become responsive and helpful community citizens," said Sean Miller, Xavier University men's head basketball coach.

"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,” said Bob Huggins, University of Cincinnati men's head basketball coach. “It's a great opportunity for Bearcat and Musketeer fans to come together for a worthwhile cause.”

Some of the locations volunteers visited included:

  • Burton Elementary School, 876 Glenwood Ave. Volunteers painted, worked on the grounds and built a sandbox.
  • Hughes Center High School, 2515 Clifton Ave. Volunteers built a boy’s locker room.
  • Newport Independent Schools, 301 E. 8th St., Newport. Volunteers painted two elementary school gyms.

Again, a prize patrol visited all the sites. Volunteers were eligible to win prizes such as tickets to the 2005-2006 Crosstown Shootout game.

This year’s event was sponsored by Xavier University national alumni association, University of Cincinnati alumni association, The Home Depot, Glidden Paint, Coca Cola, Home City Ice, Chiquita, Krispy Kreme, Skyline Chili and Panera Bread.

For more information please call Mary Ann Schomaker at Xavier University at 513 745-3081, Phillip Lanham at the University of Cincinnati at 513 556-4344 or log on to www.crosstownhelpout.com.