Bulldog Monthly April 2018

Dates and Deadlines

May 7: 2018 Football Seating Allocations Begin

June 1: Basketball Enhancement Fund Renewals Mailed

Hartman Fund Membership Packets Mailed

All membership packets for contributors to the 2018 William C. Hartman, Jr. Fund have been mailed! This year's packet includes a 2018 football schedule magnet, two car decals, and an official TGBC Popsocket. Thank you to all donors for your help in setting a new Hartman Fund record in 2018!

1st & 10 Challenge Flags Mailed

All Hartman Fund donors who went above and beyond by participating in the 1st and 10 Campaign this year received a special car flag as a result of their increased giving. An incredible 35% of all renewing donors participated in the campaign, resulting in over $3 million in increased support. Hartman Fund donations provide scholarship resources for UGA student-athletes, meaning your support has a tremendous impact on their everyday lives. On behalf of all UGA student-athletes, thank you for your incredible support!

2018 Football Seating Allocations Begin

The seating assignment process for 2018 football season ticket holders will take place throughout the month of May. If you renewed your 2017 football season tickets but did not request a seat relocation, you will automatically retain the same seats you had in the 2017 football season.

Relocation Requests

All seat relocation requests are prioritized based on cumulative priority points and allocated based on availability as a result of attrition. If there are seats available at your point level that match the request you made on your 2018 football season ticket application, you will be moved to a new location. If there are no seats available at your point level matching the seating request you made, you will automatically retain the same seats you had in 2017.

New Season Ticket Requests

All requests for new, renewable season tickets are filled in priority point order for both current and prospective season ticket holders until all seats in Sanford Stadium are assigned. The priority point cutoff to obtain new season tickets will not be determined until the last available seats in Sanford Stadium are assigned.

When will I find out if I qualified for new season tickets?

All Hartman Fund donors who submitted a 2018 season ticket application will be notified in June whether or not their request for new season tickets was fulfilled. Seating assignments for the 2018 season will be available in all Hartman Fund donor online accounts in June. If you did not qualify for new season tickets, your ticket payment can either be refunded or applied toward your 2019 Hartman Fund contribution.

Georgia Equestrian Captures Second Consecutive SEC Title

Georgia equestrian became back-to-back Southeastern Conference Champions after defeating the Auburn Tigers, 12-7, at One Wood Farm.

Senior Addy Cord (Equitation on the Flat), sophomore Ali Tritschler (Equitation Over Fences) and junior Graysen Stroud (Reining) earned All-Championship Team honors for their rides in the semifinal and final round of the championship.

Additionally, three Bulldogs earned MOP honors for their rides in the finals round of the championship against Auburn. Junior Maddie Newman was recognized for her ride in Equitation on the Flat, while sophomore Maddy Darst earned the award in Equitation Over Fences. Graysen Stroud collected the honors for her ride in Reining.

"This is an incredible feeling," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "This is such a deserving and hard-working team. We saw such dominance right from the start and I'm so proud of the atmosphere we brought here today. The senior class has led this team with enthusiasm and it had a tremendous impact on building confidence and trust within each other to get us to be back-to-back SEC Champions."

Georgia fell behind early in Horsemanship, dropping three points to Auburn. Senior Sammie Johnson rode to a tie with a score of 150 against Auburn's Lauren Diaz, before junior Graysen Stroud put the Bulldogs on the board with a 153.5-152.5 point over Kara Kaufmann.

The Bulldogs claimed all five points in Equitation Over Fences to take a 6-3 at the halfway point of competition. Sophomores Sydney Hutchins and Ali Tritschler defeated their opponents with scores of 162 and 167, respectively, before fellow sophomore Maddy Darst rode to an event-high 171 to top Auburn's Taylor St. Jacques' 167. Junior Emma Mandarino defeated her opponent, 162-150, and senior Addy Cord closed out the event with a 163-157 victory.

Georgia extended its lead in Equitation on the Flat, earning three points. The Bulldogs gave up the first two points of the event to the Tigers, before Madison Newman rode to an MOP-earning score of 167. Cord followed with a 164-151 victory over Auburn's Caitlin Creel. Darst rounded out the event with a 155-152 point for Georgia.

Georgia held a 9-6 lead over Auburn after dropping the first point in Reining. The Bulldogs sealed the SEC Championship title with a 141.5- 139 win from freshman Jordan Carpenter. Kyndall Harper and Graysen Stroud earned Georgia's final two points of the meet with scores of 140.5 and 143.5, respectively.

After capturing their second consecutive SEC Championship, UGA's equestrian placed second at the NCEA National Championships, capping off their appearance with a title in Equitation on the Flat.

G-Day Recap

Freshman quarterback Justin Fields led the Black offense to a pair of touchdown drives and a 21-13 victory over the Red team in the annual G-Day intrasquad spring football game.

The game was played before a crowd of 82,184 fans, the second-largest ever to witness a Georgia spring football game. ''First of all, what an awesome atmosphere,'' said head coach Kirby Smart. ''I think we say that every year, but I certainly think that was an incredible atmosphere. I really just want to thank our fans for being out there that early. It was probably a little warmer than I anticipated, but I thought they were awesome. To see Sony (Michel) and Nick (Chubb) walk out before and to see the seniors honored for the season they had – I thought that was really cool and neat.''

Fields, an early enrollee this spring, finished the day with 207 passing yards on 18 completions and 33 attempts. His lone scoring pass came on a 15-yarder to redshirt freshman Matt Landers late in the third quarter, giving the Red squad a commanding 21-6 lead.

The Black squad opened scoring with a defensive tally, when senior Deandre Baker tipped a Jake Fromm pass, intercepted and returned it 32 yards for a first-quarter touchdown. Rodrigo Blankenship kicked two second-quarter field goals, from 41 and 35 yards, for the only Red scores in the first half.

Fields led the Black offense 70 yards in seven plays for a touchdown, a 2-yard plunge by Prather Hudson, to open the second half. The big play in the drive came when Fields connected with J.J. Holloman for 36 yards, converting a third-and-seven and putting the ball on the Red 2-yard line.

Fromm, who finished the game with 200 yards on 19-of-38 passing yards, completed scoring on the day with a 57-yard bomb to Riley Ridley with 1:42 left in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, sophomore linebacker Monty Rice led all tacklers with 14 total stops for the Red squad. Baker, Richard LeCounte, William Poole and KJ Smith all had interceptions.

''As far as the game, I thought there were parts of it that were sloppy,'' Smart said. ''Some of that was by design. Everybody will ask me about the rushing yards and if we have a rushing problem. If you watched that game closely, you realize there was not an intent to rush the ball a bunch. We think we have the capabilities of doing that, but that is not the purpose of our Spring Game. It's to throw the ball, catch the ball, gain confidence in our passing game. We will run it some. Our defense did a really good job of creating turnovers. Two of them were gifts, but we got more turnovers today than we had gotten really all spring. Some of the red guys started to bow their necks. I thought Monty (Rice) played good and did some good things defensively.''

G-Day represents the Bulldogs' 15th and final session of the spring practice period. They'll open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 at home against Austin Peay.

Magill Society Event: SkyClub

Over 250 Magill Society members were able to attend G-Day and view the game from Sanford Stadium's SkyClub. The SkyClub is a 6,000 square foot heated and cooled premium space. Amenities in the SkyClub include covered exterior seating, interior lounge seating and dining tables, private restrooms, over 25 flat screen TVs, and a buffet.

All Magill Society donations go towards UGA's ongoing facility renovations. Without the generous support of over 850 Magill Society members, projects such as the West End Zone and Indoor Athletic Facility would not be possible. For more information on joining the Magill Society, visit the link below or call 706-542-9220.


Student-Athlete Thank-A-Thon

The annual UGA Student-Athlete Thank-A-Thon took place over the last two weeks of April. Student-athletes from all of UGA's varsity sports teams took time to call all Hartman Fund donors who increased their donation from 2017 to 2018. Additionally, women's basketball and gymnastics season ticket holders received a call from members of their respective teams. On behalf of all UGA student-athletes, thank you to all donors for your support throughout the 2017-18 season!

Magill Society Membership Map

Established in 2015, the Magill Society recognizes those that make commitments of $25,000 and above, separate from their Hartman Fund donations, to the University of Georgia Athletic Association. Commitments to the Magill Society are used to fund new athletic facility projects, as well as existing facility enhancements and renovations. Through their generosity and support, Magill Society members help advance Georgia athletic facilities exponentially.

Currently, the Magill Society has 855 members, with 22 states represented as well as Washington D.C. Additionally, of the 738 members living in the state of Georgia, there are Magill Society members in 75 of Georgia's 159 counties.

Without the support of so many generous Magill Society members, projects such as the Indoor Athletic Facility, West End Zone Project, and more would not be possible. As a TGBC donor, you are eligible to receive bonus points toward your cumulative point total for referring new Magill Society members (based on the 5 year pledge total of the new member). Help achieve TGBC's goals of making UGA's athletic facilities the very best in the country and "painting the country red" by referring a new member today!

New Football Premium Seating Available in 2018: East End Zone Field Suites

As a result of the new seating/recruiting lounge available for football recruits in the West End Zone, TGBC is proud to announce the construction of twelve field level suites in the East End Zone. Each suite will hold up to twenty patrons, with sixteen seats and four standing room tickets, located at field level directly behind the hedges.

Field suites will be offered to Magill Society members only, and can be shared between two members. Additionally, all field suite holders will be given access to a premium club area, located in what used to be the UGA football locker room space.

If you are interested in joining the Magill Society to be eligible to request a field suite, send an email to gadawgs@sports.uga.edu. Field suite inventory will be allocated based on the cumulative priority points total of up to two Magill Society members. All contributions made by June 30th, 2018 will positively impact your points standing for field suite allocation purposes.

Donor Spotlight: Alex Szalwinski

This month's donor spotlight recognizes one of the youngest members of the Magill Society. Alex Szalwinski, a 2010 UGA grad, joined the Magill Society in March of 2018. He is employed by Hanover Insurance Group, and recently relocated from Dallas to Atlanta. This will be Alex's first year as a season ticket holder, and we cannot thank him enough for his generous support.

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

The University of Georgia is a first-class institution, and I want to help ensure that our athletic programs become and remain first-class as well. We are making the right strides with facility improvements for a number of sports, and we’re continuing to recruit great athletes to play here on scholarship. Financial support is important for these initiatives and I’m happy to help out in this small way.

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

I was fortunate enough to attend UGA tuition free thanks to the wisdom of Zell Miller and the generous contributions of millions of Georgia lottery players. I’d love for my gift to help today’s generation of student-athletes come to UGA tuition free as well. And if my gift is partially responsible for helping the next Jake Fromm or Sony Michel during their time at UGA, I’ll feel like I bought that winning lottery ticket myself.

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

The fact that that I can’t immediately say “the Rose Bowl” should make it plain that I wasn’t there—for various reasons, I couldn’t make the trip and I’ll regret to my dying day not being in that stadium. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the 2016 Liberty Bowl victory over TCU—as a UGA transplant in Texas, it was extra sweet to bury the Horned Frogs and bring total validation to the “day in, day out grind” of the SEC. But if I had to limit my favorite experience to games actually attended, I’ll give the nod to the Auburn “Blackout” game in 2007—just an unbelievable day with the jersey reveal and great performances by Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno, among others. Honorable mention goes to the SEC Championship game last season. I sat with a friend in the east endzone and we watched D’Andre Swift sprint towards us as he iced the game with his long touchdown run in the 4th quarter. Pure unadulterated joy.

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

First, I’d ask them to list me as a referral on their donation card so I can get all of their referral points. But then I’d also encourage them to remember their time at UGA, and to remember what it felt like to stream out of Sanford Stadium after a win. If you can, pay that good feeling forward!

Q: You recently joined the Magill Society, becoming one of its youngest members. What inspired you to make this commitment?

I moved to Dallas, Texas in 2010 and have recently been fortunate enough to relocate back to Atlanta. I did not financially support the university too much from afar, so I view my Magill Society commitment as a way to catch up on the contributions I would have liked to be making all along. I’m looking forward to many years of continued excellence from the University of Georgia!

April Student-Athlete of the Month: Kyndall Harper

Kyndall Harper, a senior member of UGA's equestrian team, is one of our April student-athletes of the month. After being named to the SEC All-Freshman team and SEC Freshman of the Year in Reining, Kyndall earned Second Team NCEA Academic All-American honors in her sophomore year. She followed this up her junior year by earning First Team NCEA Academic All-American honors, and played a vital role on this year's equestrian team that captured UGA's second consecutive SEC Championship. She is a native of St. Augustine, FL and majors in Human Development and Family Science.

What her UGA scholarship means to her:

“I am thankful for all the opportunities I have been honored with during my time at the University of Georgia. My scholarship provided an opportunity for me to receive an outstanding education while I could continue doing what I love, which is representing the Bulldogs and riding for the equestrian team. It has been a privilege representing the University of Georgia and I will cherish the memories I have made during my time as a student-athlete forever. Go Dawgs!”

Outside the Ring

• 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.

• Student Intern at Osher Lifelong Learning Institution

• Volunteer with Shop with a Bulldog and the Athens Homeless Shelter to help provide clothing and meals to families in need.

• Volunteered with Butterfly Dreams where she participated in therapeutic and hipp-therapy programs for special needs children in the Athens Community.

April Student-Athlete of the Month: Karl Saluri

Karl Saluri, a senior member of UGA's indoor and outdoor track and field teams, is our second student-athlete of the month. After redshirting his freshman year, Karl represented Estonia in the 2016 Olympics after qualifying with 8,108 points in the Bulldog Decathlon. While recovering from an injury, he finished 23rd in the Olympics after scoring 7,223 points. In his junior year, Karl earned a First Team All-America certificate in the heptathlon after taking third at the NCAA Indoor Championships with 6,051 points, which ranks third on the school’s all-time top-10 list. After securing First Team All-American honors in his final indoor heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships this year, Karl was also named to the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll. He majors in Food Industry Marketing & Administration, and is a native of Kuimetsa, Estonia.

On what his UGA scholarship means to him:

“Being a scholarship student-athlete here at University of Georgia means a lot to me. UGA is one of the best track and field schools in USA. To be part of this team is an honor and something I can tell my kids and grandkids in the near future. UGA has an awesome foundation and everybody here is trying to give their best to help student-athletes to do amazing on and off the track. The future is bright for every Georgia Bulldog and it feels awesome to call myself a Georgia DAWG.”

Off the Track

• 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.

• Olympic Team Member

• Volunteered with for Elementary Schools in the Athens Area at multiple events including Olympic Night and Safe Routes to School.

• Participated in Hurricane Relief for hurricane victims of Harvey and in Puerto Rico.

New Staff Feature: Alan Daniel

Alan Daniel joined The Georgia Bulldog Club staff in March 2018 as the Associate Director of Development & Internal Operations. In his role, Daniel provides oversight of the Basketball Enhancement Fund, manages TGBC internal operations and gift processing, and solicits financial support for the UGA Athletic Association.

Prior to arriving in Athens, Daniel served as Director of Annual Giving for Athletics at Appalachian State University. While at App State, his responsibilities included oversight of all aspects of the Yosef Club’s annual fund which lead to a record $3.41 million raised in fiscal year 2017. He also oversaw the week-long “Go Fight Win” campaign that produced over $170,000 from over 300 donors, supervised benefit fulfillment, managed the Yosef Club’s marketing strategy, and designed creative collateral including email graphics, social media content, and the Yosef Club’s annual membership and football season ticket renewal package.

Prior to his time at App State, Daniel served as Assistant Director of Athletic Development at Old Dominion University. While at ODU, his responsibilities included securing unrestricted support for the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation (ODAF) and managing ODU’s year-end “Power of the Pride” campaign that generated over $81,000. He also oversaw the athletic department’s annual staff giving initiatives that achieved 100% participation in 2014 and 2015, and designed social media and email graphics in support of the ODAF’s digital communication strategy.

Before his time at ODU, Alan served as Development Assistant at Army West Point where he assisted with annual fund solicitation efforts, helped run hockey and basketball game day hospitality areas, and oversaw regular season and Army-Navy donor football parking allocations.

Daniel earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 2010 and received his Masters of Science in Sport and Recreation Leadership from James Madison University in 2013.

A native of Richmond, VA, Daniel currently resides in Athens.

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