History of RallyCats
The idea for RallyCats came to life in 1976 from the mind of Alvin Roehr. He was roommates with several football players and noticed that the support of his friends and fellow Bearcats from the rest of the student body was not up to par. Randy Smith, a member of the Bearcat Bands, joined Alvin in the pursuit to fill the void at the University. In 1977, RallyCats was officially founded. In the early years, RallyCats was an informal, non-university affiliated group of students who were known for being the loudest at the games, and going to great ends to inconvenience the fans and players of opposing teams. In the early years, RallyCats trips to away games were the thing of legend. In partnership with the athletic department, RallyCats took a convoy of rented Recreational Vehicles (pictured above) to the University of Pittsburgh for a game. The following year, the "RallyCats Membership Package," costing only $2 included a UC visor and a cowbell. As the years went by, we became an official student organization and the official voice of the student body in regards to athletics and spirit on campus.
Today we are a group of over 300 students who are still extremely dedicated to 17 of UC’s Varsity athletic programs, but with an air of professionalism. RallyCats works closely with the University of Cincinnati Athletic Department to promote spirit and athletics at UC both on the field and off. We host numerous events throughout the year, including Bearcat Fridays, bus trips to away games, One Team Nights, tailgates, and more!