Bulldog Monthly January 2019

Dates and Deadlines

February 5: Hartman Fund Open House, Sanford Stadium West End Zone

February 15: 2019 Hartman Fund Priority Deadline

February 15: Ticket Request and Priority Points Deadline for SEC Men's Basketball Tournament

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

April 20: 2019 G-Day Football Game

2019 Football Season Updates

The 2019 Hartman Fund renewal season is upon us, and with a stacked home schedule in 2019 featuring opponents such as Notre Dame and Texas A&M, you do not want to miss your chance to be in Sanford Stadium for what is sure to be an incredible year Between the Hedges! The Hartman Fund deadline is February 15th. Season ticket renewal applications will be available in March, and the deadline to submit your ticket application is March 31st. In order to receive your football season ticket application, you must submit your 2019 Hartman Fund gift by the February 15th deadline.

New in 2019

Online Seat and Parking Selection

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. If you are interested in relocating either your seats or a parking pass, there will be a box on your ticket application in March for you to check indicating your interest in doing so. We will send more instructions on how to participate to those who check the box, and the allocation process will take place in May.

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

Priority Parking Update

The University of Georgia has recently broken ground on a new Interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (I-STEM) Research Building. Construction on this project is underway and is slated to be completed in 2021. This will make the Physical Plant lot unavailable moving forward. After working with UGA Parking Services in an effort to obtain passes in a lot comparable to the Physical Plant Lot, we have added the Printing Lot (E11) to our allotment. If you had Physical Plant parking in 2018, your pass will automatically be defaulted into the Printing Lot unless you note otherwise. If so, you have the opportunity to take part in our seat/parking selection process in May. Please be sure to add this request on your 2019 season ticket application.

We have also added a portion of the South Campus Parking Deck to our allotment of parking passes. If you would like the opportunity to relocate to this deck, you can indicate on your ticket application that you intend to participate in the new online seat/parking allocation process which is fulfilled based on priority and availablility.

Club Access at Neutral Site Games

In order to provide ample opportunities and be consistent with home game policies, each account will have access to no more than 4 tickets in any club areas at neutral site venues. All additional tickets above and beyond 4 will be allocated based on priority in non-club areas at the same time.

Gift Receipts

Gift receipts for contributions to any of TGBC's four annual funds in the 2018 calendar year will be mailed the week of January 28th. Per the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the base contribution amount to any TGBC annual fund is directly tied to the per-seat giving requirement associated with the purchase of season tickets and is considered non-deductible. If you have any questions or if we can be of any help to you in regards to your ongoing involvement with UGA Athletics, please contact the TGBC office at 877-423-2947.

In exchange for your gift(s) above and beyond your base, you received TGBC Priority Points. According to section 170(I) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, “no deduction shall be allowed for any amount in which the taxpayer receives (directly or indirectly) as a result of paying such amount the right to purchase tickets for seating at an athletic event in an athletic stadium of such institution.” If section 170(I) does not apply, then we believe these priority points have nominal value. In all cases, please retain this receipt and consult your tax advisor to determine proper charitable contribution.

Hartman Fund Open House

All renewing Hartman Fund donors have the opportunity to attend our inaugural Hartman Fund Open House at the West End Zone in Sanford Stadium! Donors can join us on February 5th to renew their Hartman Fund donation on-site and get a tour of the new West End Zone locker room and recruiting lounge! If you have already renewed your donation, you are welcome to attend (we will verify you've made your donation on-site and give you a tour once we've done so).


Date: Tuesday, February 5th

Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Location: Sanford Stadium West End Zone (beneath the bridge)

Parking: Tate Center Parking Deck on Lumpkin St.

Ground Broken on Equestrian Facility

Construction has officially begun on the new facility 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.

Matching Challenge

We are excited to announce the commitment of $500K to UGA's new equestrian facility! A generous Magill Society member 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.

The project is being funded through the Magill Society. Any current Magill Society member who is interested in increasing their pledge can choose to support this project, having twice the impact on one of UGA's most successful athletic programs. All gifts toward this project are eligible to receive points toward your cumulative TGBC priority points total. If you are interested in supporting the project, contact Ford Williams at fwilliams@sports.uga.edu.

2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational: Official Travel Info

Join head coach Tom Crean and the 2019 UGA Men's Basketball team as we travel to Hawaii for the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational! The Bulldogs join a field featuring BYU, Dayton, Kansas, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and Chaminade at the historic Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui from November 25-27.

TGBC is excited to partner with the Maui Invitational to offer official travel packages for UGA fans to experience a getaway to Hawaii while cheering on the Bulldogs in the most exciting tournament of the 2019-20 men's basketball season. Travel packages will be available for purchase on Friday, February 1st at 9:00 a.m. by visiting the link below.

Maui Invitational Travel Packages

Schunk Named Preseason All-American

University of Georgia junior Aaron Schunk has been named a preseason Third Team All-American according to Baseball America.

Schunk, a third baseman/closer from Atlanta, made the squad as a utility player as voted on by Major League Baseball scouting directors. In 2018, Schunk was one of three finalists for the John Olerud Award which goes to the nation's top two-way player by the College Baseball Foundation, and he was a Third Team All-America selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

An Academic All-SEC standout, the 6-2, 205-pound right-hander started all 60 games at third base and batted .299 with three home runs, 12 doubles and 38 RBI. He had a 22-game hitting streak, which ranked third best in school history and was one of the longest in the SEC in 2018. Also, he served as the team's closer, posting eight saves while going 2-2 with a 3.00 Earned Run Average. In 30 innings, he issued just five walks and registered 31 strikeouts. Last year, Schunk helped the Bulldogs go 39-21 overall, 18-12 in the SEC, advance to the NCAA Athens Regional Final and a year-end top 25 ranking.

Baseball America annually polls major league organizations' scouting departments to vote on the All-America team and asks that they make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the past, the Preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the draft and of team success.

Schunk is the 20th preseason All-American in school history and the first since pitcher Robert Tyler and outfielder Stephen Wrenn in 2016.

The Bulldogs are a consensus top 15 team in the 2019 preseason rankings including as high as No. 9 by D1Baseball.com. Georgia opens the season Feb. 15 with series against Dayton at Foley Field.

G-Club Spotlight: Caroline Brinson

Former UGA student-athlete Caroline Brinson was recently featured by Tennis Takes on her career from playing tennis as a child, to earning a scholarship offer from UGA, battling injuries along the way, and finishing her career as an All-American while earning the 2017 ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the Southeast Region. She was a 2-time SEC Community Service Team member. In 2016, she was a part of the All-SEC Second team and the ITA National Team Indoor-All Tournament Team. And as a part of the squad, she reached the NCAA Final Four, the ITA National Team Indoor Finals, and secured the SEC Tournament title. Some highlights from her article can be found below, and the full feature can be read by clicking here.

Caroline's Background

I was born and raised in the city of New Orleans. Some immediately think that makes my family LSU fans. Actually, the majority of my family went to the University of Georgia. My grandfather played on the baseball team in the late 50s, my uncle was a member of the National Championship football team in 1980, and my parents met there in the late 80s as athletes themselves. My dad was Georgia’s first All-American rugby player while my mom was a member of the Women’s Tennis team under Head Coach, Jeff Wallace. That is where the story begins. As a little girl growing up playing tennis, I dreamed of following in my mom’s footsteps and playing at the University of Georgia for Jeff.

Fairytale Finish

Here is my fairytale ending. It didn’t come in the wins or the losses or the success or the failures, but it came in enjoying and embracing every single second of my last year playing for the most amazing school with the most amazing coaches and the most amazing teammates in the country. My senior spring season started with some health complications due to blood clots in my fingers. After a few nights of little to no sleep in the hospital, our SEC season opener against Kentucky had arrived. Nothing was going to stop me from being released from the hospital that day and playing the match that afternoon for my team.

That day I had never been more grateful to be playing the sport I loved surrounded by those I loved most. And so I felt that passion for the sport and for competing more than ever through my last season until the very last match. I reached my highest national ranking of #3 in doubles with Ellen Perez, and she and I became All-Americans together by the end of the season. I had the time of my life competing as a Georgia Bulldog for four years. I loved the grind, I loved seeing my team succeed, and of course I loved representing the “G” on my chest. Although we never won a National Championship ring, the relationships built and the lessons learned far outweigh any feeling a ring could provide.

Lessons Learned at UGA

When I look back on my career at UGA, I would not change one thing. Every win and every loss was ultimately a learning experience that brought me to where I am today. Before going to college, tennis was an individual sport where I learned the value of hard work, persistence, and resilience. But because tennis became a team sport at the collegiate level, I truly learned the significance of teamwork. My advice to someone who is going through the college tennis experience would be two things. The first, for individual success, would be to get out there and go after what you want in life. Not just on the court but in the classroom and in the community. Take every opportunity to try something new or meet new people and make connections. You have to put yourself in uncomfortable positions to grow and become a better person, player, friend, etc. than you were before. I never would have seen the improvement I did each year in my game if it weren’t for staying hungry and always wanting more.

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