Bulldog Monthly February 2019

Dates and Deadlines

March 31: 2019 Football Season Ticket Payment and Priority Points Deadline

April 20: G-Day Football Game

May: Optional Football Seat & Parking Relocation Process

2019 Football Season Ticket Renewal Guide

Spring practice for the 2019 football season is right around the corner, and our season ticket renewal period is quickly approaching! Season ticket renewal applications will be available for all Hartman Fund donors in early March, and the deadline to submit them is March 31st. All donors will be notified via email when ticket applications are available in your online account under the "Season Renewal Application" screen.

Optional Seat & Parking Relocation Process

This year, we are excited to introduce a new interactive online seat allocation process that will enable you to personally select football season ticket relocations and/or new season tickets based upon availability and TGBC priority. This initiative is being implemented to continue to provide customer service based on our fundamental principles of fairness, loyalty and transparency in recognizing the impact of your support of Georgia student-athletes.

If you are interested in exploring a seat or parking relocation, you must check the box on your season ticket renewal application that states "Check here to be included in the 2019 optional seat/parking relocation process."  If you do not check the box, you will automatically renew the same seats and parking you had in 2018.

All donors who check this box will be assigned an appointment time based on your TGBC priority points. At your appointment time, you will be able to log into our new online system and look at a full map of the available seats in Sanford Stadium. If you see seats you would like to move into, you can personally select them at that time. If you do not see seats you desire, you can retain the same seats you had in the 2018 season. Donors who are requesting to become a new season ticket holder, or have requested to add season tickets on their ticket application will be able to select their seats at this time as well.

You will also be able to see a map of all parking lots in TGBC's allotment that have parking passes available in them. Should you wish to select a different parking pass, you can do so at that time. If you do not see any parking pass you'd like to move into, you can retain the same pass you had in the 2018 season.

This optional seat/parking relocation process will take place in May. More information will be available in the coming months for donors who wish to participate in it.

*If you are not interested in adding or relocating seats/parking, you will not have to go through the selection process.

Women's Tennis Captures Sixth National Championship

The fifth-ranked Georgia women's tennis team defeated No. 3 North Carolina, 4-3, on the last remaining court in a third-set tiebreaker to win the 2019 ITA National Team Indoor Championship.

The Georgia women's tennis program contains now four USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships and two NCAA Championships (1994, 2000). The 2019 squad joins members of the 1994, 1995, and 2002 teams in winning the National Indoors.

"It is exciting," Georgia head coach Jeff Wallace said. "I'm really proud of this team, the coaches, and the support staff that was here. It was a total team effort, which makes it really special. Drake [Bernstein – Associate Head Coach] and I spent a lot of time talking to the team about the importance of supporting each other and being a true team and then to see them pull together like they have and lift each other up in tough situations and come back in these tough matches that we are able to get in close fashion – really, really says a lot."

Like a script, the last remaining point to determine a championship occurred on the first court between the two teams' highest-ranked singles players. The matchup between Georgia's No. 2-ranked Katarina Jokic, the defending ITA National Indoor Singles Champion, and sixth-ranked Makenna Jones did not disappoint.

By the time the team score was knotted at 3-all, Jokic and Jones were deadlocked at 5-all in the third set. The two players broke each other's serve to send the decider into the tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Jokic obtained the commanding lead when she broke back-to-back Jones' serves and then held to go up 5-1. Three games later, the rest of the Georgia squad overwhelmed Jokic as the match point from Jones sailed out. Jokic prevailed 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-6(2) for the national championship clinch.

"We have some work to do in doubles – no doubt," Wallace added. "But our singles is just a bunch of fighters. It is all about next point and playing forward. It is just some great tennis if you let things go and realize your team needs you, your university needs you. That was what our theme was when we talked prior to the match. Winning championships is fun and you want to do it together, but at the same time it is bigger than us, it is for the University of Georgia. I thought they really bought in and competed the way you want them to compete."

Upcoming Facility Projects

Dan Magill Tennis Complex Grandstand

The UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to allocate $8.5 million toward the new grandstand at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. This project will improve the fan experience with better sightlines, permanent concessions, new restroom facilities, and chair back seats in the lower seating area. The project will also include the construction of a new 1,750-square foot press box. Construction is scheduled to begin this May and will be completed in February of 2020.

Equestrian Clubhouse

Ground has been broken on the new clubhouse for UGA's equestrian program! The new clubhouse will cover 7,000 square feet and include a new locker room, coaching offices, a team meeting room, a sports medicine room, and equipment/laundry facilities.

This week, we will be hosting a drop-in event for those who are interested in seeing renderings and learning more about the project. No RSVP is required, and event details are listed below.

Date: Saturday, March 2nd

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm (UGA vs. South Carolina home meet begins at 1:00pm)

Location: Girasoles - 24 Greensboro Hwy, Watkinsville, GA (approximately 10 minutes from the UGA Equestrian Complex)

Description: Drop in to learn more about the project and view architectural plans while enjoying complimentary beverages and appetizers

Attire: What you plan to wear to cheer on the Mane Dawgs!

Sanford Stadium Lights

Sanford Stadium is having its current lights replaced with an LED system. These lights are brighter, more efficient, require less maintenance, and can be adjusted to incorporate special effects to improve the gameday experience.

Men's Basketball Sets Single-Season Attendance Record

Despite the eventual loss to Auburn, Wednesday's crowd of 7,837 fans helped Georgia break its all-time total attendance record. The Bulldogs have now drawn 141,520 fans for their 16 home games. That tops the previous mark of 139,570 established during the 2015-16 season. Georgia still has one more home date on tap. The Bulldogs will host Missouri next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

“It’s mind-boggling to me...it really is,” Georgia head coach Tom Crean said. “It just says so much about the spirit of the people here, the energy that they feel, the passion that they have and the fact that they see what we’re building.”

Maui Invitational Travel Packages

As winter weather still grips much of the nation, members of the Bulldog Nation can reserve their place in paradise this November. Travel packages are now on sale to watch the Georgia Bulldogs take part in the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational during Thanksgiving week.

The Bulldogs are one of eight teams scheduled to compete in one of the nation's premier early-season tournaments on Nov. 25-27 in Hawaii. The field also will feature Kansas, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, BYU, Dayton and tournament host Chaminade. All eight teams will play Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Fans looking to reserve their package can do so here.

The standard travel package (based on double occupancy) is $1420 per person from now until April 16. That includes four nights lodging at the Hyatt Regency Maui, which will be Georgia's team hotel; tickets to all three of the Bulldogs' games; and a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses per person, with a custom fitting experience. On April 16, the price of the package will increase by $100 per person.

Fans can customize travel packages with a number of add-on items, such as participation in the Sun, Surf & Hoops 5K, the Evening with the Coaches Banquet and even reserved parking options for game days.

Georgia Baseball Season Underway

Georgia Baseball season is in full swing, and with their win over Kennesaw State on Wednesday, moved to 7-1 on the season. Head Coach Scott Stricklin also earned his 500th career win in the victory.

"Well, I have been surrounded by a lot of good coaches and people at Kent State and here at Georgia, and a lot of great players too. It's hard to believe that I've been coaching that long. It's thrilling to be able to get that and be able to celebrate with the guys, they got me pretty good with the water. The Powerade showers and the water showers never get old I can tell you those are always welcome. Coach (Scott) Daeley has been with me every single one of those wins and Coach (Ryan) Gearhart has been there for a lot of them as well."

Georgia Baseball tickets are available by visiting www.georgiadogs.com and clicking "Buy Tickets Online" under the "Tickets" tab on the top of the page. The Bulldogs are nationally ranked and feature home series against perennial SEC contenders LSU, Vanderbilt, and Florida.


We are excited to announce the launch of the first ever FoleyFest, which will take place on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:30am – 12:30pm prior to our home game versus LSU. FoleyFest will be a celebration of UGA Baseball with fun filled activities taking place in the East Foley Field parking lot consisting of food tents, bounce houses for children, and live music! Tickets to the game are sold out, but are available for purchase on StubHub. The event is open to the public.

G-Club Spotlight: Demetric Evans

This month, we are excited to feature former UGA football player Demetric Evans as our G-Club Spotlight! Demetric was the third member of his family to play in the NFL. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2001 and spent ten years playing professionally for the Cowboys, Redskins, and 49ers. He retired in 2011 as a 49er, and recently joined the Magill Society. Demetric is a graduate from the University of Georgia and currently works for the NFLPA. Demetric and his wife, Aungel, have two sons and live in Dallas, Texas.

Q: What made you decide to attend UGA as a top-rated recruit out of Louisiana?

A: At the time when I was being recruited as a potential student-athlete, LSU was going through some difficult times. My class of 97' included Louisiana natives such as Ed Reed, Reggie Wayne, Major Applewhite, and Travis Minor to name a few. We all had one thing in common on National Signing Day, we all signed with schools out-of-state. Chris Scelfo, Corey Robinson and Jonas Jennings were the only reasons I signed with UGA. Scelfo was a Louisiana native and painted a picture of bringing a winning culture back to UGA (like they had in Marshall). It caught my attention, because I had won 3 state championships in high school. Jonas was an Ambassador for the University as a player. He loves UGA, and it showed during my visit. I had over 25 offers, but UGA won out in the end.

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time as a student-athlete here?

A: My favorite memory was just enjoying the college experience. I had a blast in Athens. It’s a very unique town that has just enough to enjoy as a student-athlete.

Q: What impact has your experience at UGA had on your life after college?

A: Leaving home at 17, one would think I was too young to be in college, especially being 8 hours from home. I learned that life is a do it yourself project! UGA slapped me in the face with a lot of humble pie. I left Louisiana as the Player of the Year and All-America, to come to UGA and sit the bench for four years. This was a very humbling experience. It matured me and taught me the importance of self-worth, morals and it developed my character. I’m a better person, son, brother, husband, father, employee, and friend for it, honestly.

Q: What made you want to join the Magill Society as a former player?

A: I knew that my scholarship was paid for or subsidized by someone. I believe it is important for people to give back what they took. I took a lot and was embarrassed that I couldn’t give it back on the field. I wanted to give back to the school that did so much for me, regardless of how my experience was as a football player. After all the University of Georgia is an excellent university. After the promotion of Jonas Jennings, and meeting Brad Bell in Dallas, I was convinced it was time to give back. So during the Super Bowl (I'm an employee of the NFLPA), my family and I scheduled an appointment with Brad to discuss options on giving back.

Q: How would you like to see your gifts make an impact on UGA’s student-athletes?

A: I’m praying it will make the UGA players understand the importance of investing in the future of UGA athletes. Kirby and the athletic department are keeping UGA in a national light regarding recruiting the best athletes and having some of the best facilities in the country. It takes resources to accomplish this consistently and I hope that my gifts will help. The University needs all hands on deck and I am happy to do my part.

We are sincerely thankful for and appreciative of Demetric's desire to give back to today's UGA student-athletes. We recently surpassed 1,000 members of the Magill Society, and all members continue to have an incredible impact on their lives each and every day!

Champ Bailey Named to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former University of Georgia All-America defensive back Champ Bailey was elected Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He will be enshrined in Hall of Fame this summer in Canton, Ohio.

Bailey secured enshrinement in his first year on the ballot. Over the course of a 15-year career with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, Bailey was named to the Pro Bowl 12 times, the most ever for a cornerback, and was a first-team All-Pro in three consecutive seasons--his first three in Denver. Bailey was a member of the All-2000s team and recorded 52 career interceptions. Though Champ never won a ring, he has now secured the honor of a life-time.

At Georgia, Bailey earned a reputation as one of the best multiple threats in college football during his career. He was considered the most versatile player at UGA since the era of two-platoon football.

Bailey was a consensus All-American performer on offense, defense, and special teams. He played more than 1,000 plays during his junior season in 1998 including more than 100 plays in seven different games. He finished the season with 52 tackles, three interceptions, 744 receiving yards, five touchdowns, 261 kickoff returns and 49 punt return yards. The All-Southeastern Conference selection was named winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation's top defensive player and was a consensus All-American selection.

Bailey was also a member of the UGA Track and Field team and set a school indoor long jump record at the 1998 SEC Championships.

Bailey was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 1999 NFL draft and was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection from 2000-2013 as a member of the Redskins and the Denver Broncos. He retired in 2014. He was named a member of the Football Writers Association of America 75th Anniversary All-America first team in 2015.

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