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Wildcat Wednesday - STAFF MEETING
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/12/2013
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June 12, 2013

STAFF MEETING

Over the last two weeks, when I haven’t been traveling, I have begun the process of meeting individually with each one of approximately 250 members of our athletic department (yes, even the graduate assistants and interns and our Corporate Partner IMG). I challenged our staff with setting two-three goals for them to accomplish in their respective area over the next year, I asked if they could implement one idea for our athletic department what would it be and finally I asked them to share with me what they enjoy doing in their free time. Each meeting lasts approximately 15 minutes and I explained to them that I hope this allows me to get to know them a little better, encourage them to be focused on reaching their goals which makes us better every day and finally to hear some unique and creative ideas that can help us improve the experience for our student-athletes, fans and staff. 

I can tell you that we have very talented people who care deeply about our university, our student-athletes and our fans. We will wrap this up in July and it is something I plan on doing each year with our department as a way to continue to encourage and support our team. 

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Our final weekend of collegiate competition came to a close on Saturday with our 
men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams both earning top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. The Wildcats brought three titles back to Tucson with Brigetta Barrett claiming her sixth-straight high jump title and Lawi Lalang winning a difficult double in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

Additionally, Georganne Moline earned a runner-up finish in the 400-meter hurdles with the third-best collegiate time ever – 53.72. Georganne’s time is currently No. 3 in the world this season. In total, six of our student-athletes earned eight first-team All-America honors.

Prior to the NCAA Championships, early last week, Coach Fred Harvey was named NCAA West Region Women’s Coach of the Year and Brigetta was named West Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. Just today, Brigetta was named National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year.

I’d be remiss not to note that this weekend was Brigetta’s final competition in the Cardinal and Navy. She has defined the role of the student-athlete, on and off the field, with her determination, integrity and spirit. She can do it all and often did, such as singing the National Anthem at marquee events like she did before the NCAA Championships (click here to watch). Bear Down, BB! We wish you and your senior teammates the best of luck in your future endeavors!

THE WILDCAT MOVEMENT IS SWEEPING ACROSS THE COUNTRY

As many of you may be traveling during your summer vacation, I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see pictures of people all over the world wearing the colors! Not only are we lucky to have people representing the UA across the country, we are also fortunate to have Wildcat Club members who span the globe as well.

We often hear the question, “How can I help support Arizona Athletics if I don’t live in Tucson?” The answer is simple; become a 
Wildcat Club member. As you can see by the image below, we have Wildcat Club members in almost every state. I’m calling on Wildcats in Delaware, Rhode Island, North Dakota and South Dakota to join the Wildcat Movement by making a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more.

For those states that do have representation, get your friends to join too! The more members we have, the stronger we are as a department. For us to meet our goal of 12,000 members by the end of June, we need to paint this map red and blue! 



CATS IN THE COMMUNITY

Even while on summer break, our Wildcats don’t forget the importance of giving back to their community. A group of football players were at the UMC Diamond Children’s Center yesterday, to meet, sign autographs and take pictures with the patients and their families. “Having the team come to visit makes a big impact on lifting the spirits of these kids,” said a hospital representative. A big thank you to these football student-athletes for taking the time to give back to the Tucson community during the offseason.  



WRAPPING UP THE LOWELL-STEVENS FOOTBALL FACILITY VIDEO TOUR

I hope you’ve enjoyed the video tours of the new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. This week is our final installment of the tour. We’ll take you through the docking bays and the club seating area. We’re less than a month away from moving into this state-of-the-art facility. Our coaches, student-athletes and support staff cannot wait to move in. We’re going to have some opportunities for our fans to check it out in person as we get closer to the start of the 
football season. In the meantime, please watch the video below and enjoy. If you missed any of the previous tours (or any previous Wildcat Wednesday e-mails for that matter) you can view them in the Wildcat Wednesday archives section of ArizonaWildcats.com. 



SUN TRAN SHUTTLE UPDATE

This offseason, the McKale Ticket Office has received a lot of inquiries about the parking shuttle service on football gamedays. We have come to an agreement with Sun Tran to once again provide shuttle service from the parking lot of Hi Corbett Field to Arizona Stadium. There will be no charge to park at Hi Corbett and a nominal fare to ride the shuttle. We’re still looking at options to coordinate a shuttle system for other parts of town. Hopefully, we will have some new information to share later this summer. 

CHICAGO IS WILDCAT COUNTRY

I’m looking forward to seeing our alumni and Wildcat Club members who live in the Chicago area this month. Arizona football alumni letterwinner, Howard Powers (class of 1991) and his wife, UA alumnae Arden Weitzman (class of 1992), have graciously offered to host an event for UA fans and alumni in the Chicago area. We are teaming up with the WindyCityCats Alumni Chapter for a Wildcat gathering on Sunday, June 23, 4-6 p.m. Joining me will be the Alumni Association President Melinda Burke, assistant 
basketball coach Damon Stoudamire, basketball alumni letterwinner Jason Gardner, who lives in Chicago, and associate athletics director Phoebe Chalk Wadsworth. Click here to learn more about the event or to RSVP. See you there!

WEAR THE COLORS





Continue to do what you can to help Arizona Athletics and: 
  1. Join the Wildcat Movement
  2. Buy Season Tickets
  3. Wear the Colors (Especially on Friday)
  4. Get Others to Do the Same
Bear Down with Pride,

Greg Byrne
Vice President for Athletics
University of Arizona
uofaad@arizona.edu

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