UC and XU alumni to perform as part of Crosstown Collaborative after shooting

Cincinnati Bearcats goalie Mika Adams-Woods (23) shoots down the hall as Musketeers forward Xavier Zach Freemantle (32) defends in the first half of the 88th Crosstown Shooutout College Basketball Game NCAA, Sunday, December 6, 2020, at the Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati.

It has been nicknamed “The Crosstown Collaborative”.

Two days before the annual Crosstown Shootout, players from Cincinnati – David DeJulius and Jeremiah Davenport – and Xavier – Paul Scruggs and Zach Freemantle – held a joint press conference Thursday morning to announce the new venture.

“You don’t usually see people like those from two opposing teams at a press conference together two days before a game like this,” Freemantle said. “But it’s really cool to be able to come together and have an event or collaboration like this for the whole city.”

Davenport, a Cincinnati native who attended Moeller High School, said, “It’s a great opportunity. I’m just grateful to be in this position to help the kids get better, help the kids, you know. , just give back. “

The collaboration between the two programs will give players the opportunity to engage with their respective fan bases through various events on an annual basis.

Three events will be in the spotlight.

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The first event is Sunday, the day after the shooting. This is a free basketball camp for local non-profit youth groups at Fifth Third Arena and Cintas Center. Players from both teams will serve as camp instructors and mentors in their respective arenas.

Scruggs added, “It’s a wonderful opportunity to give back to young people. I was young once and like Jeremiah said, growing up I always looked up to older guys. So just give back to young people and knowing what that feeling is, is wonderful. “

The second event will take place in Spring 2022 – a fantastic experience weekend that will give both fan bases the chance to spend a weekend living the life of a student-athlete, and it will include the opportunity to play. in the arena of their program and receive coaching from current team members, as well as a golf outing.

The third event is a game of the ancients. Former players from the two universities will compete in an exhibition match with the host venue alternately each year. A date, place and lists for the alumni game are to be determined.

Both programs work with ProCampsU, a division of G3 College, and according to a press release released Thursday, “a portion of the proceeds from the events will benefit local Cincinnati charities.”

Details regarding compensation to players for their involvement were not released during Thursday’s press conference.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Xavier, UC Basketball Players Team Up for “Crosstown Collaborative”