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Bulldog Monthly February 2018

dates and deadlines

March 5: Football Season Ticket Applications Available Online

March 31: Football Season Ticket Application Deadline

April 21: G-Day Football Game

Baseball Season Underway

Baseball season is in full swing, with the Bulldogs racing out to a 6-1 start to the year. The Bulldogs are averaging 10.1 runs a game, which ranks eighth nationally, while batting .324 with a 4.57 ERA and a .967 FLDG%. Georgia is led by its co-captains in senior left fielder Keegan McGovern (.480-6-13) and junior DH Michael Curry (.429-1-12). McGovern leads the nation in home runs and slugging percentage (1.240). The Bulldog captains have reached base in all seven games this year. Curry has a five-game hitting streak while McGovern had a five-game hitting streak earlier this year.

McGovern had a monster stretch to earn National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week honors after batting .571 with five home runs and nine RBI in four games last week. Last year, McGovern started 54 games and batted .291-2-21. He has matched his season-high for home runs after batting .263-6-35 as a sophomore. He came in this year with 11 career home runs. Sophomore Cam Shepherd (.346-1-6) ranks third on the team in batting. He has started every game at shortstop since stepping on campus, a span of 64 games.

Georgia's weekend rotation has featured junior Kevin Smith (1-0, 6.52), freshman Emerson Hancock (0-0, 2.45) and senior Chase Adkins (1-0, 1.64). Sophomore Will Proctor (2-1, 5.40), who has moved to the bullpen after starting 38 games at second base last year, notched his first two wins this past weekend. He pitched a total of 4.1 scoreless frames with six strikeouts. His first win came at Kennesaw State that saw Georgia trailing 4-3 before erupting for an 11-run inning for an eventual 14-4 victory. Georgia's two saves on the year belong to sophomore Zac Kristofak (1-0, 0.00) and freshman Ryan Webb (0-0, 2.45). The freshman left-hander inherited a bases-loaded, two-out situation in the ninth this past Sunday and registered a strikeout.

G-Day Date, Time Announced

The 2018 G-Day Football Game will be held on Saturday, April 21st at 4:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN. Admission to the game is free of charge.

Quote from Coach Kirby Smart:

"We need our fan base, who has done everything we've asked them to do, to turn out April 21st at 4 o'clock and be out there for G-Day in what we expect to be another sellout, packed opportunity to go out and represent University of Georgia, and show these kids in recruiting that it does matter and it is special here."

Football Seating Relocation Guide

Football season ticket applications will be mailed to all Hartman Fund donors, and will also be available in online accounts March 1st. If you wish to request a seating or parking relocation, you will need to place your request in writing under "Seating Request." If you wish to move into a section requiring a higher per-seat donation, you'll need to increase your donation to meet that requirement. All seating relocations are allocated in priority point order. Below are some tips on the best ways to make your request.

Do NOT Request "Best Available Seats"

When writing your seating request, do NOT ask to be moved into the best available seats. While some may view the best available seats as the lowest seats available, others may view the best available seats as the seats closest to midfield. Requesting "Best Available" is not a specific enough request, as the "best" seats for one person may not be the same as the "best" seats for another.

Be Specific

It is important to be as specific as possible in your seating request. You can request specific sections or a certain area of seats. For example, requests like "Please move my two seats anywhere into Sections 304-307" or "Please move my seats as close to midfield as possible in the upper level on the south side of the stadium" are both specific enough for us to know exactly where you'd want to move your seats.

If You Plan to Drop Seats

If you plan to drop seats for the 2018 season (ex. if you have 4 seats and only plan to renew two of them), please note on your ticket application which seats you would like to drop. It is important to make notation of this so we know which seats will be renewed for 2018 and which seats will not.

Parking Relocations

The best way to request a parking relocation is to rank parking lots in order of preference. For example, a request like "Please move my parking pass to 1. Boggs Hall, 2. Cloverhurst Lot, or 3. Bolton Lot" shows us which lots you'd be willing to accept as well as the order of preference. You can list as many lots as you want in your request.

1st and 10 Campaign Results

Thank you to all Hartman Fund donors who went above and beyond by participating in the 1st and 10 Campaign this year. An incredible 35% of all renewing donors participated in the campaign, resulting in over $3 million from all participants. Hartman Fund donations fund student-athlete scholarships at UGA, meaning your support has a tremendous impact on their everyday lives. On behalf of all UGA student-athletes, thank you for your incredible support.

Donor Spotlight: Jeff Sikes

This month's Donor Spotlight features Jeff Sikes, a 1979 graduate of UGA. Jeff is married to Jenny Sikes, and they have two daughters and two grandchildren. Jeff lives in Valdosta, GA, and recently joined the Magill Society.

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

If we are going to be competitive in the SEC and beyond, we must have first class facilities, support staff, coaches and trainers. While we are headed in the right direction, we have massive catch up to do. As Coach Kirby Smart stated recently, the other schools who are ahead of us in facilities now are not going to slow down. Gifts from private donors, no matter how small, are absolutely crucial to stay in step with other competing schools. A LOT of people giving small amounts regularly adds up to a large number.

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

It’s very expensive for the University to provide full scholarships to student-athletes. Gifts to UGA can take the financial pressure off student athletes to successfully pursue a college degree. Our gifts can contribute to the opportunity for each student-athlete to prepare to compete in the business world when their college sports days are coming to an end. Let’s face it, only a small percentage of our student-athletes will make it to the professional arena. The majority of them will make a living providing services and skills learned in the academic setting through UGA. The impact we can achieve is to give the student-athlete an excellent education and prepare them to be successful in their careers after sports.

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

We purchased a couple of lots at Bulldog RV Park and our family wakes up Saturday mornings excited to be in Bulldog Country spending time together. My wife, Jenny, gets up early and starts the bacon and eggs outside and it’s a glorious aroma. We tailgate at the park in our UGA regalia and get ready to cheer on the DAWGS. Having our family together in Athens is helping create memories that won’t soon be forgotten. Jenny and I went to the Rose Bowl this year, and I think it’s fair to say that was the best college football game EVER. We’re hoping for many more opportunities like that!

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

Just DO IT! I feel more “part” of the University today than ever. I would encourage every UGA graduate, professor, or employee to give something to the University. Stated earlier, a LOT of people giving something results in a lot of money available for our beloved school to stay competitive.

Q: What inspired you to make your first gift to UGA?

Our family has given consistently to UGA through the College of Pharmacy, but the material we received about the Magill Society compelled us to stretch to do more. We wanted to establish a legacy with our children and grandchildren to enjoy UGA Sporting events long after we are gone. Working with Jon Burkett at The Georgia Bulldog Club, we discussed various programs and opportunities and chose a level that worked best for us. Family is very important to us, and they inspire us to do something to help them create memories for their future children.

February Student-Athlete of the Month: Keegan McGovern

Keegan McGovern, a senior from Willacoochee, GA, is one of the February Student-Athletes of the Month. Keegan is a biology major, and plays outfield for the UGA baseball team. McGovern currently leads the nation in home runs and slugging percentage (1.240).

McGovern had a monster stretch to earn National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week honors after batting .571 with five home runs and nine RBI in four games last week. Last year, McGovern started 54 games and batted .291-2-21. He has matched his season-high for home runs after batting .263-6-35 as a sophomore. He came in this year with 11 career home runs.

What his UGA scholarship means to him:

“I am very grateful for these past 4 years at the University of Georgia. My scholarship has allowed me to pursue my dreams while also getting an incredible education. I will always cherish the memories I have made from my time at UGA, and I am very thankful I got this wonderful opportunity. Go Dawgs!”

Off the Field

• Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 2017-18 and has served as his team’s representative on SAAC since 2016.

• Inducted into the UGA Athletic Association’s Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program in 2016. L.E.A.D. is designed to encourage leadership development in UGA’s high-achieving and most promising student-athletes.

• Special Olympics Volunteer for baseball and basketball games in the community

• Has participated in Operation Christmas Child and the Salvation Army Drives

• Reads to elementary school students in the community

February Student-Athlete of the Month: Cortni Emanuel

Cortni Emanuel, a senior outfielder for UGA's softball team, is the second February Student-Athlete of the Month. A native of Missouri City, Texas, Cortni earned NFCA All-America Third Team, NFCA All-Region First Team, and All-SEC First Team honors in 2017. Recently, she matched the Bulldogs' all-time stolen bases record in a single game with a career-high four stolen bases against College of Charleston. She is currently batting .457 with an OB% of .510. Cortni majors in psychology, and will continue to play a key role for UGA's softball team throughout the rest of the 2018 season.

What her UGA scholarship means to her:

“To me, getting my scholarship has given me a chance to pursue a career in a sport that I love. In addition, it gave me the opportunity to further my education in a great environment filled with people who are now like family to me. Getting my scholarship will forever be one of my greatest accomplishments and I will forever be grateful for the University of Georgia! #godawgs”

Off the Field

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

• 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.

• Participated in Relay for Life and Special Olympics events in the Community

• Collected supplies and toiletries for homeless shelters and hurricane relief programs

• Reads to elementary school students in the community

Event Recap: Scholarship Endowment Brunch

Photos: Christopher Mark Sorrow

On Saturday, February 24th, TGBC's annual Scholarship Endowment Brunch was held at the Georgia Center on campus. Each year, the event celebrates those who have endowed student-athlete or coaching scholarships in past years, as well as those who created new scholarship endowments this year. The event features a panel of current UGA student-athletes who speak each year on the impact of the scholarships they receive.

This year, TGBC honored seven new student-athlete scholarship endowments, six new coaching and administrative endowments, and one newly established planned gift. On behalf of all UGA student-athletes, thank you to these generous donors for their incredible contributions to UGA.

New Scholarship Endowments

  • Duckworth-Bickley North Carolina Scholarship- By Catherine and Dave Bickley
  • Aubrey and Mary Garrison Men's Basketball Endowed Scholarship – By Aubrey and Mary Garrison
  • Tom and Jeannette Greeson Men's Basketball Scholarship - By Tom and Jeannette Greeson
  • Tom and Jeannette Greeson Football Scholarship - By Tom and Jeannette Greeson
  • Charles Lathrop Guyer, III Scholarship- By Greg and Lisa Guyer
  • Nedza Family Swimming Scholarship- By Mark Nedza and Leah Hinnefeld
  • The Richard Seymour Family Scholarship

New Coaching and Administrative Position Endowments

  • Glenn and Nancy Black Football Scholarship- Glenn and Nancy Black
  • Glenn and Nancy Black Gymnastics Scholarship-Glenn and Nancy Black
  • Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Endowment-By Tom Cousins
  • Tom Cousins Head Swimming and Diving Coach Endowment-By Tom Cousins
  • Fain and Billy Slaughter Georgia Football Defensive Coordinator Endowment – By Fain and Billy Slaughter
  • Loran Smith Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Communications Endowment-By John and Kay Parker

Newly Established Planned Gift

  • Mary & Billy Hudson/Evelyn & Hugh Mills Jr. Football Scholarship Fund – Milton & Helen Mills

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