CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati Student-Athlete Support Services held its 10th annual Bearcats Go Pro event Monday in Fifth Third Arena.
Bearcats Go Pro connects student-athletes with former student-athletes, national partners and local professionals in the Cincinnati community, while further developing their skills as they prepare to become professionals upon completion of their career at UC. The sessions included networking, round table discussions, and a career panel.
Preparing to be a professional is a foundational pillar of the newly formed Student-Athlete Development Academy. The event offered professional development for more than 100 student-athletes in attendance.
The networking session featured professionals from 30 companies, including Target, Total Quality Logistics, Fidelity Investments, PepsiCo/Frito Lay, Enterprise Holdings, State Farm Insurance, PNC Financial, Bridge Logistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati Reds, FC Cincinnati and Bearcat Motorsports .
Six former UC student-athletes served in a professional role at the event: Jasmine Whitfield (basketball), Ryan Royer (football), Arthur Greenlee IV (track and field), Dillon Risser (track and field), Vince Byrd (football) and Emi Carlo (women’s soccer).
New this year, Bearcats Go Pro featured NIL specific programming with NIL partner Altius Sports Partners and other external groups such as MOGL, Game Plan and Porter Wright to help with professional brand development that leverages additional career opportunities outside of sport.
“The addition of NIL-specific programming to this year’s Bearcats Go Pro event was an important enhancement amid the constantly evolving collegiate athletics landscape,” said Greg Harrell, General Manager of Altius Sports Partners. “It allowed Cincinnati athletes and local businesses to make meaningful connections and better understand mutually beneficial opportunities to work together in this space, representing yet another example of Cincinnati’s innovative approach to supporting its athletes in the NIL era.”
// ABOUT CINCINNATI ATHLETICS
The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics competes at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics with the vision to reach Next Level Success for all 18 varsity teams and more than 500 student-athletes. The Bearcats have a proud athletics history, winning eight national championships and 117 conference titles. The Cincinnati men’s basketball team is among the 15 winningest programs all-time, while the football team became the first American Athletic Conference program to compete in the College Football Playoff in 2021. Olympic gold medalist volleyball player Jordan Thompson, NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and Major League Baseball legend Sandy Koufax are among the several luminaries who have competed as Bearcats.
UC student-athletes collectively posted a 3,369 overall GPA in the spring of 2021 with 77 percent earning spots on the Honor Roll, while six student-athletes collected CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades.
Under the leadership of Director of Athletics John Cunninghamand supported by more than 150 full-time staff members, UC Athletics’ mission is to connect our community, enhance our University and impact the lives of student-athletes as they prepare to change the world on and off the field.