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BULLDOG MONTHLY OCTOBER 2018

dates and deadlines

October 31: Gymnastics Priority Season Ticket Application Deadline

October 31: Georgia Baseball Fund Donation Deadline

November 1: 2018 Hartman Fund Annual Giving Level Cutoff and Priority Points Deadline for Football Postseason Allocations

November 30: Baseball Priority Season Ticket Application Deadline

Football Postseason Priority Points Deadline: November 1

Orji Named 2018 NCAA Woman Of The Year

Georgia track and field legend Keturah Orji has been picked as the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine former collegiate student-athletes selected as finalists at an awards dinner in Indianapolis, Ind., on Sunday night.

Orji becomes the first winner from Georgia's track and field program and the fourth winner overall from the University of Georgia. Swimmers Lisa Coole (1997), Kristy Kowal (2000) and Kim Black (2001) won UGA its first three NCAA Woman of the Year honors. Georgia was also the first school to have more than one winner.

Orji, a native of Mount Olive,N.J., joined the following as Woman of the Year finalists: Chicago's Ade Ayoola (track and field), Claflin's Trisana Fairweather (cross country/track and field), Newman's Delaney Hiegert (softball), Whitworth's Kayla Leland (cross country/track and field/basketball), Angelo State's Kami Norton (track and field), Minnesota's Sidney Peters (ice hockey), Oklahoma State's Vanessa Shippy (softball) and Bates College's Amelia Wilhelm (rowing).

All finalists — including three from each NCAA division — demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

Finalists were selected from a group of 30 Woman of the Year honorees who were recognized on Sunday night. This group of 30 included 10 honorees from each NCAA division and represented a range of sports. Schools nominated a record 581 college athletes for the award.

Orji, a former Bulldog team captain, served for three years on the UGAAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), including as vice president during her senior year. A four-year attendee of the Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, she founded Amara's Pride in 2017, an after-school mentoring program for middle school girls, focusing on self-worth, the importance of education, social media influences and the power of perseverance.

Orji also worked with an income tax assistance program, spent time with children whose parents were incarcerated during the holiday season and served as a Team United leader, through which she mentored other student-athletes through weekly small groups and Bible studies.

A 2018 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, Orji was a member of Georgia's Sphinx Club honor society, the oldest honorary society in Georgia history, and Blue Key Honor Society, whose members are committed to leadership in student life, high scholastic achievement, service to others, citizenship and adherence to principles of faith. She was named the 2018 Southeastern Conference Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, her third honor of this kind, and the university's Joel Eaves Scholar-Athlete of the Year presented to the female student-athlete who has the highest GPA going into their senior year.

Orji received the SEC's H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship, presented to the conference's top male and female scholar-athletes. She was recognized by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as the 2017 Indoor and Outdoor National Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, also giving her three of those honors in her career. She is now pursuing a graduate degree at Georgia and is a volunteer assistant with the Bulldog track and field program.

Orji — who was fourth by only three centimeters in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro — is a 15-time First Team All-American and eight-time NCAA individual national champion (four times in the outdoor triple jump, three times in the indoor triple jump and once in the outdoor long jump). Her outstanding performance in those events helped Georgia win a team NCAA championship in indoor track and field in 2018 and finish as the national runner-up three more times.

Orji holds the American and collegiate records for the indoor triple jump and the collegiate record for the outdoor triple jump. Orji was a four-time USTFCCCA National Women's Field Athlete of the Year, and she is the only woman in history to be a three-time Bowerman Award finalist. She completed her collegiate career 31-1 overall in the triple jump and currently owns the top eight indoor marks in NCAA history and the top six performances outdoors.

Basketball Single Game and Flex Plan Tickets on Sale

Georgia men's and women's basketball single-game, flex-plan and group tickets are now on sale to the public.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here or by calling Georgia Bulldogs Ticket Sales at 877-542-1231. Fans can purchase men's basketball single-game reserved seats for $15, while women's basketball general admission seats are $5 a piece.

Georgia men's basketball has already sold out of tickets for three games this season, marking the earliest sellouts in program history. Tickets for these games against Kentucky, Florida, and Texas are now only available for purchase via secondary markets.

Gymnastics Endowment Fund Donors Set New GEF Record

We are excited to announce that a new record for the Gymnastics Endowment Fund has been set this year! To date, the Gymnastics Endowment Fund has reached $268,074, smashing last year's record of $237,767. Over 50% of renewing donors have participated in the No Dream Too Big campaign by increasing their donation by 10% or more, resulting in such a significant increase for UGA's gymnastics program.

On behalf of TGBC and Coach Courtney Kupets Carter, we cannot thank our GEF donors enough for their outpouring of support this year. GEF donations provide UGA's gymnastics student-athletes with the very best in facilities and educational support. Records like these provide essential resources as UGA's gymnasts continue their journey of re-building the championship tradition of Georgia Gymnastics.

The season starts on January 5 against Ohio State in Stegeman Coliseum. The priority season ticket application deadline is October 31st, and season ticket allocations will take place in November.

Georgia Baseball Fund Deadline: October 31

The deadline to contribute to the Georgia Baseball Fund in order to receive season tickets for the 2019 season is October 31. Donations start at $50/seat for renewable season tickets, and seat locations are assigned based on TGBC point totals.

The Georgia Baseball team finished the 2018 season with a 39-21 record and were ranked #7 in the country. They hosted their first NCAA regional in ten years and return six of their nine starters leading into the 2019 season.

Donations can be made by visiting www.thegeorgiabulldogclub.com or by calling TGBC offices at 706-542-9220. The Bulldogs start their season at home on February 15th and have a home slate featuring series against LSU, Vanderbilt, and Florida.

October Donor Spotlight: Zach and Amy Thompson

This month's donor spotlight features Zach and Amy Thompson of Smyrna, GA. Amy is a 2010 graduate of the UGA College of Education, and both joined the Magill Society one year ago.

Q: Why do you feel it is important to support UGA Athletics?

A: Athletics are a highly visible extension of the broader university, and those fortunate enough to don the red and black are competing not only for themselves but for the entire Bulldog Nation. Supporting athletics, in whatever capacity one is capable, lifts and strengthens the entire university and demonstrates a commitment to winning on and off the field. We have devoted ourselves to doing our own part in facilitating success.

Q: How would you like to see your gifts impact today's generation of UGA student-athletes?

A: UGA student-athletes of all sponsored sports deserve world class coaching, facilities, and equipment to improve their skills while pursuing higher education. It is money well spent if the experience of even one student-athlete is improved by our and others’ gifts. From a non-football perspective, we are also big supporters of the tennis program and are excited to see improvements to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex further distinguish it among collegiate facilities.

Q: Describe your favorite experience cheering on the Bulldogs on gameday. Do you have any special traditions for Saturdays in Athens?

A: Life long memories were made during last year’s magical season; the collective excitement of witnessing wins in Athens, South Bend, Jacksonville, Atlanta, and Pasadena will stick with us for many years to come. At the risk of sounding cliché, the Rose Bowl has been the pinnacle of our experience, and we still get goosebumps remembering the second half comeback, Sony Michel’s winning play, and the feeling of jubilation while beneath the confetti.

We were taught at a young age that there is nothing finer than a Saturday in Athens. Tailgating and enjoying time with family and friends while cheering on our favorite team makes football season the best season. We grew up attending football games with our families, and we look to continue that tradition with children of our own one day. Go Dawgs!

Q: What would you say to a friend considering making a gift to UGA Athletics?

A: UGA Athletics would not exist without the support and dedication of its community of contributors. Joining this community is a tangible and rewarding means of demonstrating commitment to the University we all love. Returning to the Classic City whenever possible affords cherished memories in the greatest city in the South!

Q: You joined the Magill Society one year ago. What have you enjoyed most about your membership so far?

A: The Georgia Bulldog Club does a great job of offering opportunities to experience UGA Athletics in a unique capacity while interacting with those who share a common passion. It has been very fulfilling being able to share experiences such as Paint the G and the Dawg Walk with those we love and care about and witnessing their enjoyment and appreciation.

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