Xavier Participates in First Annual XU/UC Freedom Center Day

D'Artagnan was also present at the XU/UC Freedom Center Day.

D'Artagnan was also present at the XU/UC Freedom Center Day.

Nov. 14, 2012

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Cincinnati, Ohio - Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati came together to co-host the first annual XU/UC Freedom Center Day, held on Saturday at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The event, which raised awareness of the Freedom Center and its mission, was attended by Musketeer student-athletes.

Throughout the day, coaches, players and staff members from both schools were present at the Freedom Center. Mariah Whitaker, a junior on the women's soccer team, liked the collaboration between the two schools to bring attention to the Freedom Center. "I love rivalry in sports, I think it's great and it makes the games exciting. But, when you can bring two rivals together to benefit an important cause I think that's really special."

Erik Alanson, former Xavier soccer player and current academic advisor for the athletic department, attended the event and stressed the importance of the Freedom Center to the heritage of Cincinnati. "The Freedom Center has a fantastic mission that stresses freedom over oppression. I think it is important that the student-athletes recognize the role that Cincinnati had in the Underground Railroad. It is a significant chapter in this city's history."

In addition to Saturday's event, a portion of ticket sales from the Crosstown Classic will be donated to the Freedom Center. The game will be played on December 19 at U.S. Bank Arena, and tickets will be available to the public beginning November 21.