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Mitch's Mission hosts 3rd annual Playdate with the Bearcats

by Marisa Whitaker

The third annual Playdate with the Bearcats will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, from 2pm to 5pm in UC’s Campus Recreation Center.

Co-hosted by Mitch’s Mission and the UC football team, this event allows kids and their parents to get to know members of the football team, along with other varsity althetes, the Bearcat mascot and Mitch Stone, a brain cancer survivor and “little brother” to the football team.

It’s been more than three years since Mitch Stone was adopted by the University of Cincinnati’s football team following his brain cancer diagnosis. Now 15 and a freshman in high school, he’s cancer-free, runs track and cross-country, volunteers at Stepping Stones and sits on the Patient Advisory Council at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Event details

At the event, kids will get to enjoy playing basketball, cornhole, “minute to win it” and carnival-style activities. Families will have access to a food court, silent auction, and full access to the pools, a rock-climbing wall and basketball courts inside the Rec.

Mitch’s Mission, an organization run by his mother, Dee Stone, raises money for children with cancer or blood diseases to go to summer camp at Camp Joy in Clarksville, Ohio.

So far, Mitch’s Mission has raised more than $30,000 to send kids to Camp Joy through individual donations and Playdate with the Bearcats.

Preregister online at mitchsmission.com or buy your tickets at the door. Cost is $15 per individual or $50 for a family of 5. Bring extra money to partake in the raffle or buy raffle tickets in advance through the website.

Marisa Whitaker is a student intern with UC Magazine.

Scenes from the 2012 Playdate with the Bearcats