YOU REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE
I met recently with a recruit and their family. They were here on Wildcat Friday and a made a comment on how they really liked seeing so many people wearing the colors. In my office I have pictures of a student-athlete from each of our 19 sports, a large picture of the Wildcat Walk, a Whiteout at McKale, a full Hillenbrand Stadium and I’m getting one made up from Hi Corbett. This recruit and many recruits before were blown away by the passion that comes through for the UA in these pictures. As we start a new year I want to encourage and challenge each of us to support our teams by attending our events (a full Arizona Stadium makes a tremendous impact for all of our sports), wearing the colors shows a unity that few can match, and you and your friends being at the Wildcat Walk makes that same difference. By the way, keep sending us pictures of you, your family and your worksite wearing the colors….we love sharing those. We have made tremendous headway in so many areas but we cannot take our foot off the pedal as we continue to make Arizona Athletics one of the top 10 athletic departments in the country from a competitive, academic and compliance standpoint. Each of you will help us get there. I look forward to seeing all of you a week from Saturday at Arizona Stadium or at our soccer or volleyball games beforehand. Bear Down!
STARTING ON THE RIGHT FOOT
We had our welcome-back assembly and BBQ this Monday. It’s a great moment - the first day of classes – to remind our student-athletes of their primary mission, earning an education. Also, I went over a number of things related to their expected responsibilities in terms of their public and private activities. You don’t have to research extensively to find stories out there in intercollegiate athletics where inappropriate decisions or choices have reflected poorly on individuals and institutions. We need to uphold some very high standards, both for their own future and the reputation of this great university. I challenged the 2012-13 Wildcats to help us maintain the distinctive legacy of those before them. We were pleased that UA President Dr. Ann Weaver Hart was able to speak briefly to the group, which included our full staff. A couple of notes sent to me help bring this immeasurable quality into focus. Glen Lacroix wrote that an injured football player in line at the campus Parking and Transportation office received some courtesy from another customer (holding his place so he could get off his feet), and upon the moment his place was up, he was very effusive in his gratitude to everyone in line. Glen was impressed. So, too, was hotel staff at the team headquarters in Omaha, noting that in nearly 20 years of playing host to teams for the College World Series, none was more polite nor courteous and good tempered than the eventual NCAA Champion Wildcats. These are little things, to be true, but many times the little things can add up quickly and become an expression of who we are and where we are headed. We want to be the best in all ways, and common behavior can truly be a key. Speaking of manners, I loved seeing our football, volleyball and soccer teams delivering season tickets to our fans and thanking them for their support in the last week.
GAMEDAY GUIDE FAQ
There are a lot of questions out there about how football game day is impacted by the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility construction. Please check out our online 2012 Football Game Day FAQ’s. This information is provided as an ongoing update related to parking, pedestrian traffic, and other important information for the 2012 season. This information can and will change, so please check back regularly for the latest updates. If there are questions we have not answered please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with an answer.
We’re encouraging all fans who will attend Arizona football home games to plan for an early arrival to get around the facility. Try to get here at least an hour early. The impact of the streetcar tracks construction, the construction of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, reduced number of access gates to the stadium, altered parking plans and the general business of a major research institution all come together in a somewhat un-perfect storm. We ask for patience and apologize ahead of time, but please help ease your ingress into our facility, and avoid frustration, by coming early. We don’t want anyone missing any of the game action.
FOOTBALL WRAPS UP FALL CAMP
Football wrapped up the first fall camp of the Rich Rodriguez era this past weekend. Coach Rod and his staff have been working long and hard to prepare his first Wildcat team for the rigors of a high-tempo offense and a swarming “stack” defense. We’ve waited for this moment since Coach Rod became our coach last November, and now it’s here. The completion of the north end zone lower bowl seating makes our stadium considerably different, I’m sure you’ll agree after you attend first game on September 1st. Check out ArizonaFootball.org, which is dedicated to football ticket and game day information. It’s a good site to bookmark if you’re looking for information on season tickets, mini-plans, single-game tickets and parking. There is also a special section that features a look at the Club Seating options planned for the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, for which we are now accepting 2013 requests from current Wildcat Club members and football season ticket holders. Thank you again to the many of you who attended our “Meet the Team” day at McKale Center which allowed all fans to come down to the floor to meet our coaches and student-athletes. The excitement and anticipation for the 2012 season continues to build as the opener approaches. I hope you’ve made your plans to be there!
SOCCER AND VOLLEYBALL HOME OPENERS
Our fall sports home schedule officially begins this week with soccer and volleyball kicking off their seasons. Soccer plays a strong BYU team tomorrow night at 7 p.m. before heading to NAU for a noon match on Sunday. Some of our student-athlete Olympians will be recognized at halftime of Saturday’s match and will participate in a special autograph session. In addition, Olympic silver medalist and NCAA Champion Brigetta Barrett will sing the national anthem (so arrive early!). Volleyball is hosting the Wildcat Classic, a two-day, four-team event on Friday and Saturday. The Wildcats play Friday at 10:30 a.m. vs. Evansville and at 7 p.m. vs. Cal State Northridge. They’ll host Utah Valley Saturday night at 7 p.m. New this year, we’re offering a price break on single-game tickets if you purchase in advance. Fans purchasing tickets at least one hour prior to the event start time or earlier will save $2 per ticket.
Wildcat Club Benefits Mailed
It’s that time of year – Wildcat Club members who are football season ticket holders should have received their Wildcat Club annual giving benefits in the mail. For those members who are not football season ticket holders, benefits will be sent out in early September. If you have questions or would like more information regarding Wildcat Club annual giving levels and the benefits associated with membership, please visit the Wildcat Club benefit grid at http://www.wildcatclub.org/benefits/membership-benefits/ or call 520-621-CLUB (2582). Thank you for investing in the success of our student-athletes on and off the playing surface.
WILDCATS IN THE LONDON PARALYMPICS
Good luck to the six University of Arizona students who will be representing the United States in the 2012 Paralypmics Games over in London. While they aren’t officially part of the Athletic Department, they are Wildcats and we want to show our support to these young men and women as they embark on this exciting journal. The University of Arizona has an inspiring story about this group of students on the UA News website.
A-CLUB LETTERWINNERS UPDATE
Congratulations to swimming letterwoman Kathryn Elofson (2003-07), on graduating from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy with a Doctorate in Pharmacy. She is now starting her residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Her future plans include completing a specialty residency in either Emergency Medicine or Pediatrics, and then moving on to pursue a position that combines academia with clinical practice. Kathryn will always be a Wildcat and we look forward to following her successful career…Bear Down!