FC Cincinnati 6/16/18
In June we went back to Nippert to see the boys in Orange and Blue take on the Richmond Kickers! The event started off with an awesome "Pregame Pizza Party Picnic" (and we challenge everyone to say that three times fast). Papa Johns delivered pizzas to McMicken Commons where we had table cloths laid out for families to picnic on! During the picnic, we unfurled our Mini-Tifo so that all of our new guests could sign it! For an even bigger surprise, Tyler Gibson made a surprise visit! The kids were so excited to meet a real-life professional soccer player! He instantly made some new friends, before he had to go back to the locker room with the team. Next, Cincy Super Fan led the kids into the stadium to await the famous “Supporter’s March” and taught them some of the more popular FC Cincinnati cheers along the way. When the march arrived, the kids joined in and even got to cheer along with the other supporters! We marched straight to our seats, which had been very generously saved by the Sparks family (thank you Sparks family)! We unfurled our Tifo after the national anthem, and it could be seen across the stadium! The players on the field didn’t disappoint, and scored four goals, each goal (and the start of the match) was followed by plumes of smoke rising from the Bailey (another highlight for the kids). After the match, the remaining kids (who didn’t have to get to bed) got to get autographs from some of the players on the sidelines! The kids were also excited to see their new friend, Tyler on the pitch after the match! Another successful event in the books for SGFK! We’re looking forward to returning to Nippert in August!
May is Foster Care Month, so we worked with two local foster care agencies, Necco and Lighthouse Youth Services, to bring foster care families to a Reds game! We were so excited to be back at Great American Ballpark! For this event, we also had a very special guest volunteer, FC Cincinnati mid-fielder, Tyler Gibson! He was a huge hit with the kids, and a great help to us handing out our t-shirts, snacks, and in-game meal! Our snacks were the famous “Power Stack Snack Packs” which were a combination of snacks prepared by our board members. As always, the fire that shot from the power stacks in center field after every strike out by a Reds pitcher was a highlight for many of the kids. The kids were also great at our cheers! We were so loud, people from sections away were joining in with us to cheer on the Reds! Unfortunately, our favorite baseball team was unable to defeat the Cubs for this game, but we still had so much fun! It was another great event, and we can't wait for our next Reds game in July!
Cincinnati Cyclones 12/9/17
The final event of 2017 was a ton of fun! We went to Bank Arena to watch the Cincinnati Cyclones take on the Tulsa Oilers. This night was made even better by the Star Wars theme of the game! In addition to our usual souvenir t-shirts, we gave the kids special Star Wars masks to wear for the game. Before the game even started, the kids were in awe of the huge pillars of fire that shot into the air during the player announcements. During the game, the kids loved hearing the CRASH of the glass when players were slammed into the wall. We all shared some pizza and drinks early in the game (which is ALWAYS a hit) and then had popcorn to snack on for the third period. We had so much fun, despite a loss on the ice and we hope we can return again soon to see our favorite hockey team!
Cincinnati Reds 9/19/17
As the summer drew to a close, we wanted to squeeze in one more baseball game to watch the Reds battle the Cardinals. We met the kids in our usual spot out in front of the stadium, and found our seats. We sat near the top where the shade and the breeze made it even more enjoyable. The kids came ready to cheer and could be heard many sections over, causing other fans and kids to join in the fun! The Power Stack Snack Packs were a huge hit and the hot dog dinner was very popular. The Reds battled hard and took the game into an extra inning, only to lose in the tenth. Though we lost the game, the kids loved the fireworks after home runs in both the 3rd inning (Cozart) and 10th inning (Gennett). Another fun game at Great American Ballpark and certainly not the last!
FC Cincinnati Season Ticket Matches!
*This section will be updated continuously throughout the 2017 FC Cincinnati Season*
In 2017 we have begun a new program by purchasing 5 season tickets for FC Cincinnati seats in the Bailey so that we can bring families to matches! These matches will differ from our typical events since only one family will attend each match. We plan to focus primarily on working with families from the Dragonfly Foundation, though this could change from match to match.
The Oesting family joined us for a fun night to watch FC Cincinnati take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies! Unfortunately, since it was a Wednesday match, they were unable to attend the pre-game fun and the march, but once they arrived, they had a lot of fun singing and dancing in the Bailey as FC Cincinnati fought to a 1-1 draw.
The Montgomery family joined us for this match against Louisville City FC. Since this game was on a Saturday, they were able to join in on the pre-match fun! At 5 they met Cincy Super Fan (CSF) at Ladder 19, the FC Cincinnati Pub Partner and Pre-Match home of The Pride (one of the original FC Cincinnati Supporter's Groups)! SGFK purchased dinner for the family, and CSF delivered their new souvenir T-shirts! At 6:15 the pre-match march arrived at Ladder 19 and the Montgomery's were excited to join in! The kids were amazed at the march that filled the entire street and stretched so far they couldn't see the front or back! Once they arrived at the bailey they were visited again by CSF who took their Half Time snack orders. The kids enjoyed all the singing of the SGs and watching the match. At Half Time CSF returned with their snacks and talked to them about the match so far. Fortunately, in the 78th minute, Aodhan Quinn delivered FC Cincinnati's only goal of the night for a 1-1 draw. The kids loved seeing all the smoke and the excitement of the Bailey. Yet, their night didn't end at the 90th minute (or the extra minutes following)! The kids joined CSF down by the pitch, to get autographs from many of the FC Cincinnati players! It was an unforgettable night, and we hope to repeat this event many times in the future! See the pictures from the night, as well as messages from Mrs. Montgomery and our contact at the Dragonfly Foundation, Hannah! Sliger!
2017 Weekend of Fundraisers!
Bucketheads / Bailey Bastards Fundraiser
On March 25th, 2017 Bucketheads Bar and Grill and the Bailey Bastards (an FC|Cincinnati Supporter's Group) hosted a wonderful FC Cincinnati season kickoff party and raised over $800 in just 3 hours!
On March 26th, 2017 we enjoyed one of our favorite fundraisers! It was very successful and raised over $1,400 in only 4 hours!
Thank you To all who attended our fundraisers!
Cyclones Games For Kids
February 25th, 2017 we revisited US Bank Arena to watch our Cyclones take on the Indy Fuel! This night featured the added bonus of being Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Night! To match the theme of the night, we made sure every child who joined us for the game also got a TMNT mask to wear. The kids had a lot of fun, and were once again impressed with the Cyclones' indoor pyrotechnics at the start of the game. The kids loved seeing the TMNT at the game. Once again, Aramark was very kind in providing easy access to food and drinks for the kids. We enjoyed Donato's Pizza and Hawaiian Punch and Sunkist as our in-game meal, as well as buckets of popcorn that we shared together! The popcorn also doubled as extra entertainment, as some of the kids and Cincy Super Fan had fun tossing and catching popcorn in their mouths. The kids enjoyed seeing the players get slammed into the glass and together they cheered "Let's Go Cyclones" with Cincy Super Fan. They also loved getting on the jumbotron, and helping Cincy Super Fan choose the correct donut during the Dunkin Donut's Hidden Puck game! We all had so much fun at this event, and we can't wait for our next Cyclones Games for Kids event!
Cyclones Games for Kids
Reds Games for Kids Event 2016
On August 19th we took families from Lighthouse Youth Services to see the Reds take on the Dodgers! The kids loved seeing the fireworks and watching the Reds get the win!
10th Annual Golf Scramble and Fundraiser!
Presented by Mason Pub & Grill and the Jung Insurance Agency, July 30th at the Beckett Ridge Golf Course!
This was such a fun event! Thank you to all who attended this golf fundraiser with us! The weather was perfect, the beer was cold and the food was delicious! Please join us again on August 5th, 2017!
Cincinnati Soccer Talk's First Annual FootGolf Classic!
Our friends at Cincinnati Soccer Talk hosted a wonderful FootGolf Classic on August 20th, with us as their benefitting charity and it was so much fun! We were joined by FCCincinnati players and Jeff Berding during the event. Many great prizes were awarded at the dinner party after the FootGolf portion of the fundraiser. Congratulations to the winning team from the Queen City Firm! Don't miss out on next years CST FootGolf Classic!
Reds Games for Kids Event - 2016!
Bearcats Games for Kids Event - 2016!
On Saturday, February 13, we took 32 children and chaperons from Cincinnati Children's Hospital to watch the UC Bearcats basketball team take on the East Carolina Pirates.
The kids and met us before the game on UC's campus to make posters, get the Bearcat "C-paw" painted on their faces, and enjoy a delicious meal from Patty Burger. The kids were also able to meet Lucy, the Bearcat. Everyone enjoyed the game, using their personally made posters to cheer the Bearcats to a victory!
We are constantly meeting very special people throughout our experiences. At this particular event, we met a family who has a heart of gold, even when their times are tough. After our event we received the following message:
"We just wanted to take a second to tell you Thank You for our experience today. To most, it might just be a game, but to our family it was so much more. We drive 8 hours just to come and get treated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. So, a program like yours, becomes the highlight of our kids trip to the hospital. It allows them to forget about the doctor appointments, needles and endless hours at the hospital. But, even more inspiring is your story. Our kids have developed their own charity and to meet someone else that had a dream of making a difference and put it into action- was great and inspiring for our kids!"
We encourage you to please checkout their cause, Cheer 4 Savannah.
We are incredibly grateful and fortunate to have partnered with Patty Burger for this event and are very thankful for the generous donation of hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade chips and salad. We are also very grateful for UC Athletics for their donation tickets for this event. We truly can't thank you enough.