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Bulldog Monthly October 2017

Dates and deadlines

October 31: Gymnastics Priority Season Ticket Deadline

October 31: Georgia Baseball Fund Renewal Deadline

November 30: Baseball Priority Season Ticket Deadline

STEGEMAN MAKEOVER TRANSFORMS COLISEUM

The $8-million renovation to the University of Georgia's Stegeman Coliseum has been completed, providing a dramatic new look and opportunity for equally impressive enhancements to the venue's atmosphere.

The Coliseum's updated "look" features new black seats, an improved LED lighting system, a state-of-the-art sound system and graphics above the horseshoe end celebrating past teams and retired jerseys. What will catch spectators' eyes immediately, however, is the addition of a massive center-hung scoreboard. All of the aforementioned, coupled with considerably more LED graphics panels, will greatly enhance the atmosphere within the venue.

This summer's work was Phase II of plans to upgrade Stegeman. Prior to last season, Phase I included the addition of an HD scoreboard and a dramatic mural covering the distinctive end wall of the arena's east end.

More than $20 million has been spent over the past decade to give Stegeman a 21st century facelift.

The current projects follow a $13-million renovation in 2010 that transformed Stegeman's concourses, upgrading the graphics, enhancing spectator access to concessions and restrooms and adding 5,000-square feet of concourse space on each side of the arena. Those efforts won awards from both the American Institute of Architects and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

GEORGIA BASEBALL ANNOUNCES 2018 SCHEDULE

The Georgia Bulldogs will have 31 games at Foley Field in 2018, featuring Southeastern Conference series with South Carolina, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas.

The 56-game college baseball season begins Feb. 16 at Foley Field with a series against Georgia Southern. Eight of Georgia's first nine contests will be at home before a Spring Break trip to Charleston for games against College of Charleston, The Citadel and Charleston Southern.

SEC play opens on the road against Alabama (March 16-18) while the Bulldogs SEC home opener will be with the Gamecocks (March 23-25). The other SEC home series will be with the Aggies (March 29-31), Wildcats (April 13-15), the Volunteers (April 27-29) and Razorbacks (May 17-19). Along with the series in Tuscaloosa, Georgia's road trips in the conference will be at Vanderbilt (April 6-8), Ole Miss (April 20-22), Missouri (May 4-6), and Florida (May 11-13). Please note the ESPNU and SEC Network Thursday night selections have not been set, thus some SEC series may change to Thursday-Saturday.

The 16th annual Spring Baseball Classic to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta will be May 8 as the Bulldogs battle their rival Georgia Tech at the Atlanta Braves home, SunTrust Park. The Bulldogs are 10-5 all-time against Tech in this game.

The SEC Tournament again will feature the league's top 12 finishers in the regular season and be played in Hoover, Ala., from May 22-27. NCAA Regional action at various campus sites will be June 1-4 with Super Regionals from June 8-11. The 2018 season culminates with the College World Series (CWS) from June 16-27 in Omaha, Neb. The Bulldogs have made six appearances in Omaha including winning the national title in 1990 and reaching the CWS Finals in 2008.

Georgia will end fall practice with the annual Red versus Black Fall World Series from Nov. 3-5. Georgia is in its fifth year under Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin. The Bulldogs fall roster features 26 returning lettermen and nine newcomers. Georgia welcomes back all nine starting position players and several key components of the pitching staff. The Bulldogs went 25-32 last year including 8-3 over their final 11 games of the regular season to qualify for the SEC Tournament. In that stretch, Georgia claimed a road series over No. 4 Kentucky and No. 30 South Carolina and a home series over No. 6 Mississippi State.

FOUR BULLDOGS CHOSEN FOR GEORGIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Four athletes and coaches with ties to the University of Georgia highlight the Class of 2018 for the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Football standout Champ Bailey, swimming and track letterman and philanthropist Tom Cousins, current men's golf coach Chris Haack, and women's golf star Terri Moody Hancock were among those chosen by the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame's Honors Court.

The additional members of the Class of 2018 are Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank, Lombardi and Outland award winner and longtime collegiate coach Tracy Rocker, Olympic gold medal sprinter Angelo Taylor and basketball standout Kenny "Sky" Walker.

The official induction will take place Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Macon City Auditorium. Tickets and sponsorships for the induction ceremony are available by calling (478) 752-1585.

Bailey, one of the most versatile players in Georgia history, starred for the Bulldogs from 1996-98. He was a consensus All-American in 1998 as he logged snaps at cornerback and receiver and on returns. Bailey won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation's top defender in 1998. He also was a member of the track and field team and set a school indoor long jump record at the 1998 SEC Championship. Bailey continued his success in the NFL as a 12-time Pro Bowl performer for the Washington Redskins and the Denver Broncos. He was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2000s.

A Georgia swimming letterman in 1950 and 1951 and a member of the 1950 SEC track and field championship squad, Cousins is a real estate developer who brought the Hawks (NBA) and the Flames (NHL) to Atlanta and later spearheaded the revitalization of East Lake Golf Club, the current home of the PGA Tour Championship. The Cousins Foundation has been a generous benefactor to UGA and the Athletic Association, including gifts to endow the head coach positions for baseball and swimming and diving.

Haack is in his 22nd season as the Bulldogs' head coach for golf. He has guided Georgia to a school-record 60 tournament titles, including two national and eight SEC championships. Haack is a 2-time National and a 5-time SEC Coach of the Year. He has produced 60 All-Americans, many of whom currently are starring on the PGA Tour. Haack previously was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America and the Georgia State Golf Association halls of fame.

Moody Hancock was the first female to receive a full athletic scholarship to Georgia. A two-time All-American, she was named 1981 National Golfer of the Year after she captured medalist honors at the AIAW National Championships that spring -- becoming the first UGA female student-athlete to claim a national title -- and leading Georgia to a runner-up finish. She finished her career with four individual titles and 12 team crowns. Moody Hancock is a member of UGA's Circle of Honor and Women's Golf Coaches Association's Hall of Fame.

October Donor Spotlight: Richard Seymour

Former University of Georgia All-American Richard Seymour has made a significant statement giving back to his alma mater.

The three time Super Bowl champion has established the Richard Seymour Family Endowed Scholarship and joined the Magill Society with a gift to the Sanford Stadium West End Zone project currently under way.

"I'm really grateful for the blessings I have received from the University of Georgia," said Seymour. "This is just a small token back that I can bless another young man's life and give him the opportunities that I had helping him be successful in life. I'm humbled and grateful that I am able to do this. It's difficult to put into words the feeling to give someone else the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. You think about the people that came before you and also the lives that can be touched after you. That's what this is all about."

A native of Gadsden, South Carolina, Seymour played a total of 41 games for the Bulldogs, starting 25 of those.

In 1999, Seymour led the Bulldogs with 74 tackles, becoming one of only two defensive linemen in Georgia history to lead the team in tackles for a season. Following his junior season, Seymour was elected as a permanent team captain by his teammates. Seymour was a two-time All-SEC first-team selection and was named a first team All-American in 2000. He ended his career in Athens with a total of 233 tackles, 26 tackles-for-loss, and 10 sacks.

"The University of Georgia was the first major college to offer me a scholarship," recalled Seymour. "Football gave me an opportunity to live out my dreams. It's always had a very special place in my heart. "

The New England Patriots took Seymour with the number six overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft. With the Patriots, Seymour won three Super Bowl rings and was named to seven Pro-Bowl teams. In 2015, he was inducted into the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame and was also named one of the "Legends of SEC Football."

October Student-Athlete of the Month: Megan Kingsley

Megan Kingsley, originally from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, is a senior on the 2017-18 swim and dive team. Megan finished the 2016-17 season as a Second Team All-SEC performer and currently stands No. 3 in the 200 butterfly, No. 6 in the 100 butterfly and No. 7 in the 200 individual medley in school history. She also finished 3rd in the 200 butterfly in 2016 to help the Bulldogs capture their seventh NCAA title. Megan, a marketing major, is already off to a strong start this season, finishing first in both the 100 and 200 butterfly in the team's first home meet against North Carolina.

What her UGA scholarship means to her:

“Being a student athlete is beyond the most incredible opportunity. I am blessed beyond my means and have been well taken care of in my 3+ years at Georgia through my good times and even post-surgeries. Going to Georgia has been my dream since I was 8, so to have a scholarship and swim at my dream school is more than I could ever ask for. It is an honor to even have a scholarship because it has opened doors I couldn’t have imagined, and has helped mold me into the person I am today.”

Out of the Pool

• UGA Relay For Life

• UGA Special Olympics

• Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 2017-18 and has served as her team’s representative on SAAC since 2014

• 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.

• Girl Power Day

• Athens Area Homeless Shelter Volunteer: babysat kids while mothers take personal improvement classes

• Georgia Swimming LSC: Media and Membership Engagement Intern

• Walk for Wishes: helped team raise money for children with life threatening diseases or illnesses

October Student-Athlete of the Month: Jonathan Pelham

Jonathan Pelham is a redshirt sophomore on the UGA men's cross-country team. A native of LaGrange, Georgia, Jonathan recently ran a 5K in 15:47.61 at the Gene Mullin Invitational in Greenville, South Carolina, finishing second overall. For his efforts, he was named SEC Men's Runner of the Week. Jonathan is currently majoring in political science and international affairs.

What his UGA scholarship means to him:

“Thus far, the opportunity to be a student-athlete at the University of Georgia has been one of the best experiences of my life. This opportunity has provided me with so many fond memories and experiences. UGA continues to provide me opportunities to challenge myself academically and athletically; fostering growth as an individual and an athlete. The support and resources provided here are arguably the best in the country. For all the following reasons and countless others, I am so thankful to be learning and competing here today!”

Off the Course

• Head Male Representative for UGA Athletics: serves as student-athlete representative for the UGA Athletic Association

• Executive Staff, UGA Student Government Association: Head athletic liaison expressing the needs of Student-Athletes to faculty and other members of SGA

• UGA Relay for Life Team Captain

• Governor’s Intern Program: Worked under Governor Deal in the Office of Policy & Legislative Affairs.

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

• 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.

• Executive Staff member of Freshman Connect

Event Recap: WBB Meet the Team

This year's Meet the Team event with the UGA Women's Basketball team was a huge success. With the theme "Family Game Night," competition was certainly in the air as all eight teams battled back and forth in a series of "Minute to Win It" games. Ultimately, Team Red emerged victorious with an overtime victory in a game of Stack Attack.

After the games concluded, Coach Joni Taylor addressed the room regarding her expectations for the upcoming season. Coach Taylor placed a heavy emphasis on two things that needed to happen in order to achieve success: leadership from experienced players and contributions from newcomers. The team has embraced the motto "Earn Yours," as their achievements on the court this season will ultimately be determined by the effort they put in each day.

Thank you to all who attended the event. Season tickets for the 2017-18 season are still available for $40/seat and can be purchased on www.georgiadogs.com or by calling the ticket office at 706-542-1231. Each season ticket includes a concessions voucher for every home game, as well as the opportunity to accompany the team on a bus trip to an away game during the season.

Event Recap: MBB Open Practice

Basketball Enhancement Fund contributors were given a sneak peek at the 2017-18 Bulldogs less than a month before their season opening game. Over 300 people attended the event in the newly renovated Stegeman Coliseum. The team returns 9 of its top 10 scorers from last year and plays a schedule featuring 5 Saturday home games against SEC opponents. Season tickets are available on www.georgiadogs.com or by calling the ticket office at 706-542-1231. The team hosts Bryant University in their season opener on November 10 at 7:00 p.m.

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