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Student Athletes of the Month: May
MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Steven Van Tiflin, Football
- Serves on 2016-17 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
- Mentor at Barrow Elementary school
- Participant in Special Olympics Homeruns for Hometown Rivals Baseball Game
- College Mentor for WECAAN Community Service Learning and Teen Leadership Tour
- Representative for Embark Student Group for Homeless/Foster Care UGA students
- Ministry Assistant for a marriage and relationship ministry
- Mover for Mover's and Shaker's Furniture Ministry
- Assisted in Clean Up Crew for Athens Public Housing
More information about Steven Van Tiflin can be found in his biography by here.
FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Kendall Kazor, Volleyball
Major: Marketing | Minor: Studio Art
- Clarke County Mentor Program
- United Way Volunteer
- ESP Summer Camp Participant
- Assist in YWCO Girls Club
- Malcolm Bridge Middle School Poetry Contest Facilitator
- Participant of Dr. Seuss Guest Readers Day at Barrow Elementary
- Frontline Outreach
- Red Cross Home Fire Campaign
- Girl Power Luncheon Participant
- Athens Academy Ramsey Field Trip
- No More Campaign
- Howard B. Stroud Elementary School
- Hometown Heroes: Special Olympics Baseball
- Athletic Committee, UGA Relay for Life
- UGArden Volunteer
- Campus Kitchen Volunteer
- Special Olympics Prom Contributor
- Crossroads Community Service Volunteer
- Inducted into the UGA Athletic Association Fall 2016
- Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Representative 2015-17
- Hunger Bowl – canned food drive benefiting the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
- Assists in Toiletry Collection for Project Safe
More information about Kendall Kazor can be found in her biography by here.
Sanford Stadium West End Zone Project Approved
A major enhancement to the west end zone of Sanford Stadium — 120,000 square feet of new and improved space that will include a new locker room for the Bulldogs, room to host and entertain prospects on game day, a larger video board and a new plaza for game day fans — was approved by the University of Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors during its quarterly Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
The construction project, which is expected to take approximately 17 months to complete, is estimated to cost $63 million. In order for the enhancements to be ready for the 2018 football season, initial work needs to begin by April of 2017, according to J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity.
The West End Zone project is the next step in the enhancement of Sanford Stadium. This project is unique to Georgia and to Sanford Stadium.
J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity
“The West End Zone project is the next step in the enhancement of Sanford Stadium,” McGarity said. “This project is unique to Georgia and to Sanford Stadium. It really focuses on the locker room and the recruiting space, which will be usable by so many units of the university at certain times. It also covers many areas of fan amenities: rest rooms, concession points of sale opportunities. I think for those of us that lived through Reed Alley in its original form — and now Reed Plaza — they can see what a tremendous impact it has had on the fans’ experience. I believe that this project will have a similarly positive effect on the fans that enter Sanford Stadium from the west end.”
The Georgia football team currently occupies a dressing room at the opposite (east) end of Sanford Stadium, and the Bulldogs use it only as a staging room for pre-game, halftime and post-game activities. When completed, the new dressing room at the west end will offer fully-equipped locker and shower facilities for the Bulldogs, nearly doubling the amount of available square footage.
Directly above the new locker room will be a hospitality lounge, covering over 10,500 square feet, used exclusively for hosting prospects and their guests on game days. The lounge will be the first of its kind at Sanford Stadium for the Georgia football program.
The new plaza — replacing all existing entrances into the stadium’s west end — will offer fans a dramatically improved game-day experience.
Some details of the overall project include:
- Locker room square footage — Existing: 2,774; New: 5,400
- Recruiting hospitality lounge square footage: 10,574
- New upper plaza square footage: 11,539
- Expanded and enhanced concession and restroom facilities
- Video board size — Existing: 75’ x 46’; New: 100’ x 52’
“(Regarding fundraising) I think we’ve just scratched the surface,” McGarity said. “Our fans have been fantastic. We have 16,000 season ticket holders, and there are naming opportunities, both in the Indoor Athletic Facility, and also these new areas at Sanford Stadium. So I think there’s tremendous upside to what could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for naming opportunities that will be available at Sanford Stadium.”
Further details on the West End Zone project, including artist renderings and fundraising information, can be found at the following website:
The project will now be presented for discussion by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents at its meeting on March 15 in Atlanta.
Other highlights of the Athletics Board meeting included the following:
- An introduction by McGarity of three new key staff members: volleyball coach Tom Black, Executive Associate Athletic Directors Matt Borman and Josh Brooks.
- McGarity announced that over $36 million was raised through the Magill Society, which was launched in September of 2015 and now includes over 475 donors.
- Construction projects approved at the Athletics Board meeting in the spring of 2016 — improvements to Stegeman Coliseum, the Boyd Golf Center and the Jack Turner Soccer Complex — remain on schedule and on budget. Additionally, constructions projects in the near future include the resurfacing of Spec Towns track and the building a second video control room to maintain compliance with requirements of SEC and ESPN broadcasting standards.
- A glowing academic report from Faculty Athletic Representative David Shipley. UGA student-athletes compiled an overall GPA of 3.06 for Fall Semester 2016, their highest-ever for a fall term.
UGA to Implement SEC Clear Bag Policy in 2017
In the interest of public safety and to significantly expedite entry into its venues, the UGA Athletic Association will begin to implement the Southeastern Conference Clear Bag Policy in 2017. This policy will be in effect at the annual G-Day intrasquad football game on April 22. It will go into effect permanently for the 2017-18 competition season and will include all UGA venues that host ticketed events: Sanford Stadium (football), Stegeman Coliseum (men's & women's basketball, gymnastics) and Foley Field (baseball).
Following are the basics concerning the Clear Bag Policy:
- These bags will be permitted inside UGA athletic events:
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12"x6"x12".
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags.
- Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5" x 6.5".
- Bags that contain necessary medical items, which must be inspected and approved at a designated gate.
- Each ticket holder is allowed one large clear bag such as a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that does not exceed 12" x 6" x 12", plus a small clutch purse
- Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, briefcases, backpacks, cinch bags, fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction, luggage, computer bags/cases, camera bags/cases, binocular bags/cases, or any bag larger than the permissible size.
- Several SEC schools began implementing this policy in the 2016 school year. All SEC schools will have this policy in place by the 2017-18 school year.
- Fans can still carry items such as binoculars, smart phones, tablets and cameras (with lenses shorter than four inches), so long as they are not in a bag or carrying case.
- Seat cushions -- without arms, backs, or pockets -- will still be permitted into the venues. Fans may also bring in blankets during cold weather events, provided they carry them in over an arm or shoulder to allow for easy screening upon entry.
- More information on this new policy can be found at the following website: http://georgiadogs.com/clear-bag-policy
A downloadable and printable version of this policy can be accessed by clicking here.
Loran Smith Communications Position Endowed
A gift from a long-time University of Georgia supporter has created the Loran Smith Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Communications endowed position at UGA.
The endowment honors Loran Smith who has been associated with UGA for over five decades as an athlete and multi-talented staff member.
It is fitting that Loran's named be forever linked to UGA Sports Communications
Director of Athletics, Greg McGarity
“We express our thanks and appreciation for this generous gift,” said J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. “It is wonderful to see Loran honored in this manner. Loran started his professional career working for Dan Magill in the UGA Sports Information Office, and it is fitting that Loran's named be forever linked to UGA Sports Communications.”
A native of Wrightsville, Ga., Smith graduated from the University of Georgia where he captained the 1960 Bulldog track team and was named MVP his senior year.
He has served in multiple positions during his tenure including Assistant Sports Information Director, Business Manager of Athletics, Executive Director of the Georgia Bulldog Club, editor of the Bulldog football game programs, and member of the Athletic Association development team. He originated the football coach's locker room show in the 1970s. It was the first live locker room show in the SEC. In 1974, he became Georgia's first sideline announcer. Smith also originated the popular Tailgate Show in 1984. He was executive producer of the weekly football coach's TV for over 35 years.
His current weekly radio show, “Sports Conversations,” runs on over 47 stations in Georgia and his daily radio show, “Two Minute Drill,” runs on over 30 shows in the state.
Smith is a columnist for the Athens Banner-Herald and his column is syndicated in more than 20 papers in the state of Georgia. He has authored or co-authored 17 books mostly centered on Georgia football history. He also wrote the first five Masters Annuals, an official publication of the Augusta National Golf Club.
A past chairman of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997.
He is married to the former Myrna Warren of Covington, Ga. They have two children,
The Indoor Athletic Facility
To view the completed Indoor Athletic Facility, visit http://www.georgiadogs.com/facilities/facilities15-iaf-tl.html.
Red Bests Black for G-Day Win, 25-22
Team Red defeated Team Black by a 25-22 score in front of 66,133 fans at Sanford Stadium in the University of Georgia's annual G-Day football game to close out spring practice Saturday, April 22nd.
A late nine-play drive for the Red team, led by quarterback Jake Fromm, was capped by the decisive 28-yard field goal from Rodrigo Blankenship with just 1:03 remaining in the game to seal the victory for the Red squad.
Fromm finished the game 14-for-23 through the air for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Jacob Eason, the signal-caller for Team Black, went 16-for-36 for 311 yards and two scores. Prather Hudson recorded a game-high 45 yards on the ground, followed closely by Elijah Holyfield and his 41 yards plus a score. Terry Godwin was the game's leading receiver with 130 yards through the air while Tyler Simmons led the Red squad with 114 receiving yards and a touchdown.
I'm really excited about our fan base, to have 66,000 people (at G-Day) makes me proud to be a Bulldog.
Head Coach Kirby Smart
“I know our kids certainly appreciated it and I wanted to thank our fans for that... Overall I was pleased with today. I'm excited about the growth of our team. We saw some players get better throughout the entire spring, so I'm certainly excited for that.” said Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Black squad opened the second frame with fireworks as Eason connected with Javon Wims for a 47-yard pass to reach the Red seven-yard line. Three plays later, Blankenship split the uprights from 19 yards out to give Black a 3-0 lead and finish off a 15-play, 91-yard drive.
The Red offense countered with touchdowns on its next two drives, cashing in on a 42-yard pass from Fromm to Jeremiah Holloman then a three-yard scamper by Holyfield for its second score to take a 14-3 lead with four minutes remaining in the first half, a lead that was cut to 14-6 on a Blankenship 33-yard field goal at the end of the half.
After a quiet start to the third quarter, Eason once again flashed his arm late in the frame, connecting with Jayson Stanley for a 33-yard strike to reduce the Black's deficit to 14-13 with 1:30 remaining.
Black claimed the lead with 5:28 remaining in the contest as Blankenship nailed his third field goal of the day from 34 yards out to take a 16-14 lead. After the ensuing kickoff, Fromm connected with Tyler Simmons for a 76-yard quick strike, followed by a two-point conversion on a pass to Holloman, to regain a 22-16 edge in just nine seconds.
The teams then traded scores, with Eason hitting fellow sophomore Charlie Woerner for the tying score on a 36-yard catch-and-run to knot the game at 22 before Fromm led Red to the decisive lead with a nine-play drive capped by a Blankenship 28-yard field goal to give Red a 25-22 win.
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