George D. Smith Society
The George D. Smith Society was created to recognize the most distinguished supporters of Bearcats Athletics. It is only fitting that the society for UC Athletics' greatest benefactors bears the name of one of UC's greatest legends, George Smith. Smith guided the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team to national prominence from 1952-1960 before serving the university as Athletics Director, and later Vice-President for Development. In 1978 he was inducted into UC's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Through their private support, George D. Smith Society members provide the necessary resources for sustained success. Founded in 1992, the George D. Smith Society has grown to 158 members. This membership represents only 3% of total UCATS members, yet accounts for over 45% of the total dollars generated through the UCATS annual campaign. For this leadership support, George D. Smith Society members receive the ultimate in UC Athletics benefits.
"As a George Smith Society member, I feel like a true insider with UC Athletics. With exclusive access to so many unique opportunities and events it's truly a VIP experience. I'm Proud to be a Bearcat and I know my membership makes a difference because I can see it firsthand thanks to UCATS and their incredible staff." - Joff Moine
George D. Smith Society members demonstrate their commitment to UC Athletics by contributing at or above the $14,000 level on an annual basis.
Any George Smith Society member who donates annually at the $50,000 level or above is recognized as a member of the Director's society, the most elite level of the George Smith Society currently totaling 15 members. The generosity of the Director's Society enables the University of Cincinnati to compete at the highest level in the BIG EAST Conference and advances the UC Athletics vision of becoming one of the premiere intercollegiate athletics departments in the country.