CINCINNATI, OH --- FC Cincinnati and Jeff Berding, the club’s President and General Manager, were among a host of honorees recognized at the Cincinnati Sports Professionals Network (CSPN) annual awards banquet last night at Nippert Stadium.
FCC was voted the Sports Story of the Year with the award accepted by Berding and members of the FCC staff and Berding was honored as Sports Executive of the Year.
In his remarks, Berding said, “I am very humbled and accept this honor on behalf of all of FC Cincinnati. Soccer is the world’s sport, so we are proud to help bring the world to Cincinnati, and to use the power of sports to entertain, to inspire and to unify different people from all walks of life.”
UC Athletic Director Mike Bohn served as the event’s emcee while FCC Head Coach John Harkes was the banquet’s special guest speaker.
Elaine Bruening (Western and Southern Open) received the Sports Lifetime Achievement award, George Vogel (WLWT News 5) accepted the award for Sports Media Personality and Xavier University’s Katelyn Longino was the recipient of the Lauren Hill Scholarship Award. Regional health care organizations UC Health, Mercy, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, The Christ Hospital and TriHealth were honored as Corporate Citizens. Thomas More’s women’s basketball national championship team and Olympians Kayla Harrison (Judo), Rachael Adams (women’s volleyball) and Max Holt (men’s volleyball) were also recognized at the event.
FCC enjoyed a successful inaugural season, finishing third in the USL Eastern Conference and hosting a quarterfinal match at Nippert Stadium. The club also garnered national attention, showcasing an electric game-day experience that featured strong fan support with over 333,000 supporters attending FCC’s matches this year.