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Bulldog Monthly November 2018

DATES AND DEADLINES

November 30: Georgia Baseball Priority Season Ticket Deadline

December 3: Football Postseason Ticket Request Deadline

December 31: 2018 Year-End Giving Deadline

SEC Championship Information

Date: Saturday, December 1st

Start Time: 4:00 p.m.

Gates Open: 1:30 p.m.

TV: CBS

Tickets

SEC Championship tickets were sent via email to all qualifying Hartman Fund donors or Magill Society members on Wednesday, November 28th. Tickets must be printed at home, as tickets cannot be scanned via mobile device. If for some reason you have not yet received your SEC Championship tickets, contact the UGA Ticket Office at 706-542-1231. Tickets are also available for purchase via www.secticketoffice.com, the official SEC Fan-To-Fan Ticket Exchange.

Bag Policy

For the fourth year in a row, the SEC Championship events will utilize the clear bag policy, similar to that used in the NFL. The clear bag policy will be in effect for both the SEC Championship Game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium and SEC FanFare in the Georgia World Congress Center. Bags will be inspected before entry at both locations.

Bags must satisfy the guidelines below in order to be taken into SEC FanFare and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags, no larger than 4.5" x 6.5", with or without a handle or strap

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a small clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size (12" x 6" x 12"). Fans may still bring items such as binoculars and cameras, provided they are not in cases. Items that are typically carried in diaper or baby bags must be carried in a clear bag that meets the standards of the bag policy.

Large umbrellas are prohibited. An umbrella must be under 33 inches to be allowed in the building and must remain closed inside the building.

Parking

All SEC Championship parking is handled through Mercedes-Benz Stadium. For more information on availability, click here.

Bowl Game Request Deadline: December 3rd

All Hartman Fund donors and Magill Society members have until December 3rd at 5:00 p.m. to submit their request for bowl game tickets. Tickets will be assigned in TGBC priority point order until our allotment is exhausted. The number of tickets you are eligible to request is based on either your 2018 Hartman Fund gift or Magill Society pledge amount, whichever is greater.

Ticket requests can be submitted through your online account by clicking here. Your credit card will only be charged if the Bulldogs are assigned to a game you requested and your cumulative point total qualifies you for tickets.

Equestrian $500K Matching Challenge Announced

TGBC is excited to announce the commitment of $500K to UGA's new equestrian facility! A generous donor has agreed to match all gifts toward UGA's new equestrian clubhouse up to $500K, resulting in $1M of support toward the facility's construction. Now is the time for YOU to step up and help make this facility a reality, as you can have twice the impact on UGA's continued athletics success.

All gifts toward this project are eligible to receive points toward your cumulative TGBC priority points total. To have the gift applied toward the equestrian project, simply write "Equestrian" in the Special Instructions/Comments box. Follow the link below to make a gift and make your impact on the project today!

Give Now

Project Details

The project cost will total $3.1 million, and will enhance UGA's ability to provide support for its current student-athletes as well as recruiting new student-athletes to the team.

Currently, the team's facility provides limited support for team practices and operations. 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.

The equestrian program was added in 2001 as UGA's 21st varsity sport. Currently, it has the most national championships of any program in the country with 6 since the creation of the NCEA (National Collegiate Equestrian Association) in 2002.

For questions on the facility or information on how to support the project, please contact Ford Williams at fwilliams@sports.uga.edu.

2019 Hartman Fund Available Online

The 2019 Hartman Fund drive is now available for donations online! Any donor who wishes to renew their donation or make a new gift can now do so via the TGBC website. With a home slate featuring opponents like Texas A&M and Notre Dame, you don't want to miss out on your seats in Sanford Stadium for the 2019 season!

Visit www.thegeorgiabulldogclub.com and select "Donate Now" in the top right corner to log into your account. The Hartman Fund deadline is February 15th, 2019 and season ticket applications are due by March 31st, 2019. Hartman Fund renewal brochures will arrive in all donor mailboxes in January.

Blankenship Named to SEC Community Service Team

Georgia junior place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship has been included on the 2018 Southeastern Conference Community Service Team for football as he and his teammates ready for the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta on Saturday.

The SEC names a Community Service Team for each of its 21-league sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community through superior service efforts.

Blankenship, a native of Marietta, Ga., was the only player from the conference named to this year's Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his dedication to the community and performances on the field and in the classroom. He is a member of the UGA Athletic Association's Leadership Academy (L.E.A.D.) and has been a visitor at Camp Sunshine, which is a camp that provides support programs for children with cancer and their families.

Blankenship has also volunteered for the "Empty Bowl" luncheon, which is a luncheon sponsored by the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, and with the Extra Special People (ESP) group, which is an organization assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. In addition to a number of other community service projects, Blankenship has been a spokesperson for "No More," which is a public service announcement by UGA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) against domestic violence and sexual assault.

The No. 4 Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC) take on No. 1 Alabama (12-0, 8-0 SEC) in the league's title game on Saturday at 4 p.m. CBS will televise the matchup of the defending SEC champions and the defending national champions in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Jokic Wins ITA National Fall Championships, Ranked #1 Singles Player in Nation

Georgia sophomore Katarina Jokic captured the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships singles title on November 11th with a straight set win over senior Kate Fahey of Michigan. Her title propelled her to the #1 singles ranking in the nation.

Jokic went 6-0 in the tournament, winning all of her matches in straight sets to improve to 10-1 this fall. As the singles champion, Jokic will receive a main draw wildcard into a 2019 Oracle Challenger Series tournament.

Her road to the final included wins over Madeline Bosnjak of Georgia Gwinnett who was the NAIA singles champion, No. 99 Livia Kraus of Baylor, fourth-ranked Ashley Lahey of Pepperdine who reached the 2018 NCAA singles final, the top seed and seventh-ranked Fernanda Conteras (Vanderbilt), 30th-ranked Christina Rosca (Vanderbilt) and then 18th-ranked Fahey. Friday's win over Lahey marked the highest ranked player she had defeated in her career. On Sunday, she capped her tournament run with a 6-3,7-5 victory over Fahey.

In its second year, having replaced the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships is the lone event on the collegiate tennis calendar to feature competitors from all five divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO) playing in the same tournament.

In the final, the participants traded service breaks to open the match before each held to knot it at 2-all. Jokic then held serve for a 3-2 advantage and then converted another break point opportunity for a 4-2 lead. In the seventh game, she fell behind 15-40 and got it back to deuce to force a deciding point with the no-ad format. Jokic won a lengthy rally to take a commanding 5-2 lead. After Fahey held, Jokic closed out the set 6-3. In the second set Fahey raced out to a 3-0 lead before Jokic stormed back to tie it up and then at 4-all, she broke Fahey again for a 5-4 advantage. The Wolverine broke back to make it 5-all and Jokic responded with a service break for a 6-5 lead. The set looked to be headed to a tiebreaker when Fahey took a 40-15 advantage but Jokic responded once again to get it back to deuce. She came through on championship point for a 6-3,7-5 victory.

"This was an amazing experience overall," said Jokic, "I won the tournament and had some tough matches, and I learned that I don't have to play the same game all the time. Also, I learned that I'm tougher than I actually thought I was. I was down 3-0 and that's not a good thing after winning the first set. I focused on the next point, I knew she was a tough player, and I had to keep fighting the whole match. No matter what happened each game, I just kept my focus on the next point."

"I'm so proud of Kat and the way she competed all week," Georgia associate head coach Drake Bernstein said. "Today was the pinnacle of it all. She was tested down 3-0 in the second set and fought back to 3-3. She was broken serving for the championship and bounced right back to get a break to make it 5-all. She was down 15-40 in the last game but she maintained a worker's mentality through the last point. This is a great step forward for her. We ended the fall with a lot of momentum. We look to continue to work to get ready for the dual match season."

Jokic's title marked the 11th individual national championship in Georgia women's tennis history and the first for a Bulldog since Chelsey Gullickson won the 2010 NCAA singles title in Athens. Jokic went 31-8 last year playing in the top spot in the lineup to earn All-America honors along with ITA Southeast Regional Rookie of the Year, SEC Freshman of the Year and All-SEC First Team recognition.

Stinchcomb to be Inducted to College Football Hall of Fame

Former University of Georgia All-America offensive tackle Matt Stinchcomb has been elected to the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Class. Stinchcomb becomes the 14th former Bulldog player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and the 18th selection overall including former coaches. He will be officially inducted on Dec. 4, 2018, at the annual NFF awards dinner at the Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York City.

A Lilburn native, Stinchcomb may be the most honored offensive football student-athlete ever to wear the red and black achieving the ultimate in balance between academics, athletics, and community service. He is a former recipient of the NFF Draddy Award (currently named the Campbell Trophy) which is often referred to as the "Academic Heisman." Named in honor of William V. Campbell, the former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia, the trophy has become the most prestigious and desirable "academic" award in college football. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

As a three-year starter at offensive tackle, Stinchcomb anchored an offensive line in 1997 that paved way for 432 yards per game of offense and 6.3 yards per play-third best average in school history. Pass protecting for quarterback Mike Bobo and run blocking for tailback Robert Edwards, he helped lead the 'Dogs to a 10-2 season and Outback Bowl victory over Wisconsin.

Stinchcomb was a consensus All-America first team selection in both 1997 and 1998 including those teams chosen by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, and Walter Camp. He was the recipient of the 1998 Jacobs Blocking Trophy which goes annually to the top blocker in the SEC and was also a finalist for the Lombardi Award which goes annually to the nation's top lineman.

Stinchcomb was just as impressive off the field. He was a two-time Academic All-America first team member and in 1998 was named the nation's Academic All-American of the Year which encompasses all sports at all schools across the country. He also received the Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

Community service was also one of his passions and during his college career he participated in numerous programs including Habitat for Humanity, Clarke County Mentor Program, Athens Homeless Shelter, Thanksgiving Food Bank, and served as keynote speaker for the Northeast Georgia Eagle Scout Banquet. For his efforts, he was recognized as one of 11 football student-athletes across the country for selection to the American Football Coaches Good Works Team in both 1997 and '98.

Stinchcomb is the president and founder of the Stinchcomb Family Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization that supports public children's charities. Together with his brother Jon, a former Georgia football star and New Orleans Saints NFL lineman, and former Georgia quarterback David Greene, Stinchcomb hosted "Countdown to Kickoff," an annual children's charity event held several years at UGA. It provided an opportunity each July for fans to come out and mingle with former and current Georgia players with proceeds benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Georgia Transplant Foundation, Children's Tumor Foundation, and the University of Georgia College of Education and UGA's own Pediatric Exercise and Motor Development Clinic.

At the conclusion of his college career, Stinchcomb was awarded post-graduate scholarships by both the NCAA and National Football Foundation. He also received the NCAA Top Eight Award which annually recognizes the nation's top eight student-athletes regardless of sport. In 1999 he was an NFL first round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders where he played for four years including the 2003 Raider Super Bowl team. He spent the 2004 and '05 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was named a member of the SEC Team of the Decade for the 1990's.

In 2009, Stinchcomb was inducted into the UGA Circle of Honor, the highest honor a former student-athlete or coach can achieve. In 2012, he was named recipient of the UGA Terry College of Business Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

He currently resides in Atlanta where he is a partner with SterlingSeacrest Partners and also works as a television football game analyst with the SEC Network and ESPN.

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