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Bulldog Monthly JANUARY 2018

DATES AND DEADLINES

February 1: 1st and 10 Campaign Deadline

February 15: William C. Hartman Jr. Fund Deadline

March 31: Football Season Ticket Application Deadline

April 21: G-Day Football Game

Football Season Recap

The 2017-18 UGA Football season was undoubtedly one of the greatest seasons in school history. In Athens, South Bend, Pasadena, Atlanta, and beyond, UGA players and coaches felt at home in each and every game they played in. Seasons like these are not possible without the incredible dedication and passion Dawg Nation exhibited all season long.

The Bulldogs dominated in Sanford Stadium this year, going 6-0 at home with the closest game being a 14 point victory over South Carolina. With a 1 point victory early in the season at Notre Dame as well as convincing wins over Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Florida, the Dawgs were undefeated and ranked #1 in the country until a humbling loss at Auburn. However, this loss was later avenged in a 24-7 victory, bringing home UGA's 13th SEC Championship, the second-most among all SEC schools.

Entering the College Football Playoff as the #3 ranked team in the country, the Dawgs faced off against Oklahoma and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield in what ended up going down as one of the greatest games in the storied history of the Rose Bowl. UGA pulled off the largest comeback ever in the first overtime game in Rose Bowl history, emerging victorious by a score of 54-48. Dawg fans will remember this game forever, especially after dominating performances from Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and many others along the way.

Although the season ended with a heartbreaking loss to Alabama in the CFP Championship Game, UGA's senior class laid the foundation for years to come. With key players returning as well as the nation's #1 ranked recruiting class ready to begin practice, the Dawgs are poised for another tremendous season in 2018. Thank you to all Dawg fans for your incredible support throughout the year, and we can't wait to see everyone in Sanford Stadium next fall.

William C. Hartman Fund Renewals

Hartman fund renewal brochures have been mailed to all season ticket holders! The deadline to contribute is February 15th, and season ticket applications will be available in March. Call or go online to be a part of the 2018 football season today!

The deadline to contribute to the 1st and 10 Campaign is February 1st. Increase your 2017 gift by 10% to receive extra benefits such as:

  • Exclusive Gift
  • Recognition on TGBC website
  • Entered to win 4 pregame sideline passes for 1 UGA home game (7 winners selected, 1 for each home game)
  • Increased impact on student-athletes

Thank you to all Hartman Fund donors for your continued support of UGA student-athletes!

Commemorative Tickets

Official SEC Championship and CFP Championship Game commemorative tickets will be mailed to all Hartman Fund donors who qualified for tickets. Check your mailboxes in February for a memento with which to remember the incredible 2017-18 UGA football season. Thank you to all Dawg fans who supported the team every step of the way.

GymDog Season Underway

The UGA Gymnastics season is in full swing, after Gymnastics Endowment Fund contributors set a new GEF record prior to the 2018 season.

After dropping their first two meets of the season to Alabama and defending national champion Oklahoma, the GymDogs posted their first victory of the season with a 196.725-196.375 victory over Auburn. The overall team score has increased each meet under new head coach Courtney Kupets Carter, with individual gymnasts posting career-bests in multiple events.

The GymDogs return to Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday, February 2nd at 2 p.m. to face off against Missouri. Thank you to all GEF contributors and GymDog fans for your continued support!

Donor Spotlight: Mack Guest

Mack H. Guest III, a former Georgia football captain and the current president of LAD Truck Lines Inc. has been a longtime supporter of UGA Athletics. Guest, a native of Macon and a graduate of Central High, played on the offensive line for the Bulldogs from 1976-78. He was a member of the 1976 team that went 10-2 and won the Southeastern Conference title and he was the offensive captain for the 1978 team that went 9-2-1. He also earned All-SEC honors in 1978. Mack was also the recipient of the 2007 Bill Hartman Award, one of the highest honors for a former UGA student-athlete.

Q&A

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

It was a tremendous opportunity for me and my family to attend UGA and to play for Coach Vince Dooley. It opened so many doors for me. I will always be appreciative of the opportunity I had at that time.

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

Same way it was for us in the 70's. Just an opportunity to play and get a degree at the finest and oldest school in the USA.

Q: Describe your favorite experience cheering on the Bulldogs on game day.

Just enjoying the day with family and friends, for I know all the hard work that goes into the preparation of the game.

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

If you want to support a winner and most well-recorded school in the country, consider giving back so that others can have the opportunity you would want.

Q: As a former letterman, what was your greatest achievement/experience in your time at UGA? How does this impact you today?

The opportunity to live, play, go to school with lifelong best friends, the '76 SEC Championship and '78 Wonder Dogs, not to mention the friends and classmates I met during my time on campus, and graduation in the spring of 1980.

January Student-Athlete of the Month: Bryan Kamau

Bryan Kamau is one of our January Student-Athletes of the Month. A senior financial planning major from Snellville, GA, Bryan is a runner on both the track and cross-country teams. In November, Bryan was named the Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and shares the honor with a pair of league runners, as voted on by the SEC's head coaches. He has also earned a spot on the Dean's List (3.5 or higher term GPA) and as a Presidential Scholar (4.0 term GPA) during his Bulldog career.

What his UGA scholarship means to him:

“I am beyond blessed to have received a scholarship to the University of Georgia. Through the scholarship, I have been able to make lifelong friendships and have seen myself grow athletically and professionally. I wouldn't be at UGA if it was not for the scholarship and I am thankful for all the opportunities and experiences I have had. Thank you University of Georgia.”

Off the Track

• Member of the Student Financial Planning Association since 2016

• Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 2017-18 and has served as his team’s representative on SAAC since 2015.

• Inducted into the UGA Inducted into the UGA Athletic Association’s Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program in 2017. L.E.A.D. is designed to encourage leadership development in UGA’s high-achieving and most-promising student-athletes.

• Special Olympics Volunteer

• Safe Routes to School Volunteer

January Student-Athlete of the Month: Vivi Babalis

Vivi Babalis, a senior sport management major from Montreal, Quebec, is our second January Student-Athlete of the Month. Vivi has competed in beam and floor in every meet since her freshman year for the GymDogs, with career high scores of 9.9 in each event. Last summer, Vivi also had the opportunity to intern with the Quebec Gymnastics Federation during the Canadian Gymnastics National Championship, assisting in all aspects of event setups and operations.

What her UGA scholarship means to her:

“My scholarship means a lot to me, and being part of this program is something special. I am very blessed and fortunate that I got to pursue my education and athletic career while representing the best university.”

Outside of Competition

• Inducted into the UGA Inducted into the UGA Athletic Association’s Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program in 2017. L.E.A.D. is designed toencourage leadership development in UGA’s high-achieving and most-promising student-athletes.

• Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 2017-18 and has served as her team’s representative on SAAC since in 2015.

• Special Olympics Volunteer

• UGA Gymnastics “Grow Program” Volunteer

• Volunteer in Athens-Clarke County Schools

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