Together, let’s celebrate the enduring power of mentorship that has shaped the legacy of CYC Saturday Hoops. Your presence  here makes this occasion even more meaningful.


Registration opens.
Cocktail hour begins with dinner by the bite.

Program begins.

Program ends.
Dance floor opens, and the party continues.


Have you seen our amazing selection of raffle prizes? From FC Cincinnati Tickets to sports memorabilia, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to grab your tickets and take your chance at winning big!


Don’t miss the chance to explore our amazing collection of silent auctions! You’ll be amazed at the variety and quality of items up for bid.


Don’t miss out on the chance to grab your own Saturday Hoops T-shirts and Posters! 

Show off your love for the program with our amazing collection. 

Get yours now for just $25 for a T-Shirt, $50 for a  Sweatshirt, and $50 for a Poster. 

There’s limited stocks available.


Lauren and Tom Shafer


Kevin & Nancy Costello

What Impact Will You Make Tonight?

Your impact tonight at our Saturday Hoops Celebration matters to so many young people. Your generous donations will support our program and provide resources for 100s of young people this school year alone.

Thanks for being a Saturday Hoops Superhero:

  • $50 Buys 5 books for Reading Rooms.
  • $100 Buys 10 yoga mats
  • $250 Provides lunch for 100 youth on a Saturday
  • $1,000 Provides a college scholarship
  • Text “CYC” @366283 to donate any amount and fund the dreams of CYC’s young people.

Every contribution, no matter the amount, plays a crucial role in supporting our mission and empowering the next generation. Together, we can make the world a better place.

Advisory Board

Kent Wellington

Adam Turer

Jay DeGroft

Nancy Costello

Kevin Costello

Marcus Thompson

Mike Huber

Chris Nieto

Carolyn Micheli

CYC Staff

Director of Corporate & Community Engagement
Tammy West-Gilmore

Mentor Coordinator
Karla Arango


Matches caring adults with students (grades 2-16) to help them attend school regularly, improve their self-esteem and interpersonal relationships, and encourage post-secondary employment. Options include one-on-one mentoring, group mentoring, worksite mentoring, and college mentoring.

One-to-one Mentoring: Matches caring adult mentors with students on a one-to-one basis; grades 2-12 and students within their first two years of college.

Co-Mentoring: An opportunity where two adults share in the mentoring of a student. This mentoring option offers great flexibility and is oftentimes the preferred choice for young professionals. Enjoy all the elements of one-to-one mentoring but share it with someone else (co-worker, spouse, friend)

Group Mentoring: This program offers exceptional flexibility. A team of mentors shares the responsibility of meeting with a group of students on a regular basis. Focus areas can include social-emotional competencies, life skills, anti-drug, financial literacy, and more. Programs vary based on the group of mentors, students, and school needs.

Girls Club: Serves girls grades 4&5 with a focus on self-care, career exploration, academic success, and social-emotional well-being.

Saturday Hoops: Supports students of all ages, focuses on positive role modeling, and includes activities such as basketball, arts, crafts, and reading more.

Corporate Mentoring: Matches corporate partners with students to focus on academic success, work readiness skills, and job site visits. Examples include PNC Scholars and P&G FAAN Mentors.

UC Med Mentors: Matches elementary students with 1st year medical students from The University of Cincinnati. Focuses on computer literacy, academic success, and exposure to new opportunities for students. Medical students increase their cultural competency and can use the mentoring experiences as an elective credit toward their degree.  

College and Career Success

Beginning in middle school, CYC provides comprehensive career and college guidance to partner schools. Programs supply individualized support and mentoring to ensure graduation and a successful post-secondary education transition. CYC AmeriCorps College Guides and GEAR UP Ohio Advisors provide:

  • ACT/SAT test prep support
  • Financial aid (FAFSA), college application support, scholarships and grants
  • College visits and college application support
  • Career exploration and planning
  • 12-month follow-up services to support the transition from high school

Resource Coordination

CYC Resource Coordinators support local school districts in implementing the Community Learning Center (CLC), a nationally recognized model of engaging school and community stakeholders to align resources to impact student success and promote vibrant communities.

  • Educational assistance through the implementation of tutoring, after-school, and academic success programming
  • Career guidance by facilitating college and career fairs, field trips, workshops, and more
  • Social-emotional support by providing access to physical and mental health services and a positive environment for all to express themselves

Work Readiness

The CYC Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates (JCG) Program is a nationally accredited year-round in-school program that prepares students for post-secondary career pursuits through career awareness, exploration, guidance, and placement. Specific focus areas include:

  • Classroom experiences for both middle school and high school students via a 1-credit hour class that meets every day of the school year
  • Leadership and self-development via the JCG Career Association, the Career Development Conference, and both professional and personal core competency skills
  • Summer work experiences for high school seniors and rising 9th graders that build employability skills and career learning through on-site experiences, including compensation
  • 12-month follow-up services to support the transition from high school

Niehaus Advertising Specialties
Don Niehaus

The Salyers Group

Jimmy Hall

John Juech

Chris Nieto

FC Cincinnati

Saturday Vibes Cereal Bars

Steven and Barbara Carloni / BSN Sports

Kevin and Nancy Costello

Elder High School

Trenton Irwin

Bricker Graydon

Jennifer Ware

Jeannie Ferguson

Kim and Tim Gall

Hotel Covington

Justin Reynolds