This is one of the biggest basketball rivalries in the country! The two Cincinnati schools go head to head at the University of Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Arena at the Shoemaker Center at 9:00 p.m. EST.
Musketeer and Bearcats alumni and fans will attend game-watching parties together in nearly 40 locations nationwide. Among the cities where they will convene for the joint Crosstown Shootout parties are Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Tampa and St. Louis.
This is the fourth year alumni associations from both universities have sponsored the Shootout get-togethers. Kevin Garry, director for Xavier alumni chapters, came up with the idea.
“When I started working at Xavier I noticed Xavier and UC had a lot of chapters in the same cities,” says Garry. “I thought it would be fun if the alumni from both schools got together for the big game. So I called UC’s alumni association and the viewing parties were born.”
“The joint Shootout watching parties represent a fascinating mixture; social occasion, athletic event, test of wills, emotional rollercoaster,” says Phillip Lanham, UC Alumni Association program manager. “But above all, it’s a chance to reconnect and have a really good time, as long as your team wins.”
The gatherings are not only fun, but also bring together some interesting rivalries. For example, in Lima, Ohio Bob Riepenhoff will be rooting for his alma mater Xavier while his wife, Tracey, will be cheering for the Bearcats.
“It’s a mixed marriage,” Bob Riepenhoff says. “By the way, my daughter graduated from Xavier and my son graduated from UC! It really makes it fun.”
Join fellow Xavier and UC fans/alumni and don’t forget to wear your school colors to cheer on your favorite team!!
For more information please contact Kevin Garry at Xavier University at 513-745-4256, 1-800-344-GOXU (4698) ext. 5 or at email@example.com or contact Phillip Lanham at the University of Cincinnati at 513-556-4344, 1-877-4-UCALUM or at firstname.lastname@example.org.