Playdate with the Bearcats


Playdate with the Bearcts 2014 will be held on February 9th. It is hosted by Mitch's Mission.

This is the fourth year that Student Government has been a partner in this event.


What is Playdate with the Bearcats?

This year marks the fourth annual 'Playdate with the Bearcats' event! Playdate with the Bearcats is a carnival-like, family-fun event, featuring UC student-athletes from the football team as well as other varsity sports. The UC Bearcat mascot even makes an appearance!

Playdate with the Bearcats offers games like cornhole, kid-friendly drills put together by UC coaches, swimming, rock-climbing, face painting, food, and music. There will also be a raffle of UC sports items and other gift baskets. Playdate participants have access to amenities of the beautiful Cincinnati Rec Center, including the lazy river, rock-climbing, and basketball.

Cost for the event is $15 per person or $50 per family. All proceeds from Playdate go to Mitch's Mission Organization.


What is Mitch's Mission?

Mitch's Mission grew out of 11-year-old Mitch Stone's brain cancer diagnosis in February 2009. As a sign of support for Mitch, bracelets in the colors of the American Flag with 'Mitch's Mission' were given to Mitch's friends and classmates.

When the University of Cincinnati Football Team "adopted" Mitch, they also began to wear the bracelets. UC saw the bond between Mitch and the team and students and fans alike started to wear the bracelets and "Mitch's Mission" became a rallying cry for both Mitch and UC Football.

Once Mitch started treatements and his stays as Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center began, Mitch knew that UC's Football team was supporting him. The football team was inspired by their "little brother" and put more effort into their football.

The 2009-2010 football season was an extremely successful one as a result of the team's dedication to working hard for Mitch. The Bearcats ended the season with a 12-0 record and went to the Sugar Bowl. The year also ended well for Mitch: he is now cancer free! 

But this is not the end for Mitch's Mission, Mitch and the Bearcats have teamed up to keep the organization alive. Except now Mitch has a new mission: send kids to summer camp. 

Participation in Playdate with the Bearcats, supports this new mission and Mitch and all the children getting treatment at Cincinnati Children's Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute really appriciate your support!


Where exactly do the funds go?

Mitch's Mission believes that all kids should get to experience summer camp, even those whose health would normally not allow them to. Mitch's Mission is to send kids with cancer or blood diseases to summer camp by raising money through events like Playdate with the Bearcats. 

The children that Mitch's Mission helps are all patients of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute. The camp is called NJoyItAll and is held for two weeks each year at Camp Joy, a campground loacated just north of Cincinnati. Camp NJoyItAll hosts 100 cancer or blood disease patients to get the full experience of a fun summer camp, no matter how medically fragile they may be. Since the diseases impact the whole family, each child is allowed to bring a sibling with them. 

No camper is charged for camp, but it costs around $550 for each one to attend. Mitch's Mission wants to pay for as many kids as possible.


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