Bulldog Monthly

Basketball Enhancement Fund Open, Conference Opponents Announced

Yante Maten drives past a Florida defender

Donations to the UGA Athletic Association's Basketball Enhancement Fund (BEF) will be accepted beginning June 1 through August 1.

Current BEF contributors should expect renewal notices to arrive via email on June 9.

BEF contributions are utilized for determining renewable season tickets and various other benefits available to Georgia Basketball supporters. The BEF has established records for both amount contributed and number of contributors in each of the past two years. The Georgia Bulldog Club is hoping for another record-setting effort and is challenging donors to contribute 110 percent of their previous donation.

Georgia is in the midst of its winningest stretch in SEC play in program history

The Bulldogs are coming off their fourth-straight postseason appearance and fifth overall during head coach Mark Fox’s eight seasons in Athens. Georgia is in the midst of its winningest stretch in SEC play in program history, capturing 42 victories over the past four seasons.

Georgia will return nine of its top-10 scorers from last season, headlined by All-SEC forward Yante Maten. The 6-8, 240-pound rising senior from Pontiac, Mich., averaged 18.2 points per game a year ago, fourth-best in the SEC. Additional returnees with double-digit starts last season include senior Juwan Parker, juniors William “Turtle” Jackson and Derek Ogbeide and sophomore Jordan Harris. The Bulldogs will also welcome a highly touted quartet of freshmen to their 2017-18 roster.

Turtle Jackson drives for a layup over a defender

The minimum donation to purchase renewable season tickets is $150 per seat. A gift of $150 also will be recognized with a car decal and an invitation to a designated preseason practice of the Bulldogs. Varying levels of BEF donations are used to determine ability to purchase premium courtside seating, as well as tickets to the SEC and NCAA Tournaments. Additional potential benefits associated with contribution levels include reserved parking at Stegeman Coliseum, invitations to the team's preseason and postseason banquets and pre- and in-game hospitality.

Though yet to be finalized, the Bulldogs' full 2017-18 schedule is expected to feature 15 home games at Stegeman Coliseum – six non-conference outings including Georgia Tech and nine Southeastern Conference outings.

For more information, visit the Basketball Enhancement Fund webpage by following the link: Basketball Enhancement Fund


HOME/AWAY: Auburn, Florida, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee

HOME: Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas AM

AWAY: Kentucky, Miss. State, Missouri, Vanderbilt

Stegeman Coliseum Renovations

Stegeman Coliseum Phase II Renovations

Stegeman Coliseum is undergoing major renovations this summer.

Work began recently on Phase II of the approximately $8-million project to the Coliseum’s interior. 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. This summer, renovations include a center-hung scoreboard, new seats, significantly upgraded sound and lighting systems and additional LED signage.

Stegeman Coliseum Phase II Renovations

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.

Boyd Golf Center Renovation

Boyd Golf Center renovation render

The Boyd Golf Center will double in size and will include an additional 4,000 square feet of space.

The renovation will include an enhancement of the locker room and expansion of the team lobbies.

These renovations will make the Boyd Golf Center one of the finest collegiate golf clubhouses in the country

Once completed, these renovations will make the Boyd Golf Center one of the finest collegiate golf clubhouses in the country. The expansion will be completed in early 2018 and will cost $4.35 million. The project will be funded through a blend of Athletic Association reserves and private support.

Since the opening of the Boyd Center in 1998, both the Bulldogs (1999 and 2005) and the Lady Bulldogs (2001) have won national championships while combining for several SEC championships. The renovated facility will feature new displays and trophy cases to better showcase the history and success of UGA Golf.

We are calling on the Bulldog Nation to help make this project a reality. Your support will have a direct impact on our current and prospective student-athletes by creating one of the finest golf facilities in the nation. If you would like to Commit to the G and join in supporting the Boyd Golf Center Renovation, you can visit the link here and make your contribution today.

2017 Seat Allocations Completed

A packed Sanford Stadium

Seat allocations for the 2017 football season have been completed.

To view your seating assignment for the upcoming season, log into your account here and select “My Account” and “Order History.” We look forward to a terrific season!

New Staff Introductions

This month, the Georgia Bulldog Club welcomed two new members: Sydney Robertson and John Daniel.

Sydney will be working as a Georgia Athletic Hospitality Assistant, while John will work as Development Assistant. You can learn more about each of them below.

Sydney Robertson

Sydney recently graduated from the University of Georgia in May of 2017 with two degrees -- Bachelor of Science in Education with a Sport Management focus and Master of Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Management.  She has previous experience interning with the Atlanta Silverbacks as an Event Coordinator, and she also served as a Student Assistant with UGA Athletic Promotions during her senior year. 

Sydney was born and raised in Cumming, Georgia, and she has been a lifelong Dawg as both of her parents graduated from UGA.  She is an avid sports and music fan and enjoys attending as many sporting events and concerts as she can.

John Daniel

John joined the Bulldog Club in June 2017 and serves as Development Assistant. In this role, he serves as the front line for all Bulldog Club communications and assists with every aspect of departmental fundraising.

Prior to joining the Bulldog Club, John worked as an intern for the University of Miami Hurricane Club. In this role, he solicited donations for the Student-Athlete Excellence Fund, which raises $13 million annually. Additionally, he provided support for the Match Marcus and Indoor Football Practice Facility fundraising campaigns and conducted research to be used in future campaigns.

Before working for the Hurricane Club, John spent 3 years as a student manager for the University of Miami men’s basketball team. His primary responsibilities involved assisting the coaching staff with day-to-day practice and game operations, equipment management, player development, and statistical analysis. John graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Sports Administration. He is a native of Muskegon, MI and currently resides in Athens.

Athletic News

Board Meeting Recap

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A $4.451 million increase in the fiscal year 2018 budget, athletic director’s overview of the athletic program, and a detailed review and explanation of the reserve funds highlighted the annual spring meeting of the University of Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors.

The total Athletic Association budget for 2018 was approved at $127,590,041.  J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity’s report included an assessment of the overall athletic program.

“The responsibility to enhance our strengths and address our weaknesses lands on my desk’’ said McGarity. “I know our program is not reaching its full potential. Our staff spends every day committed to moving our program forward, both collectively and sport by sport, and when we fall short of expectations, we are there to provide support, and when we win, we celebrate alongside each sport.’’

McGarity said the Athletic Association’s goal is for every one of the Bulldog sports to compete in its national championship.

“This year, 16 of our 21 sports did just that,’’ he said. “As with every year, some teams met or exceeded their expectations while some experienced uncharacteristic results.  We still have teams competing in their NCAA Championships, so we still have work to do. Eight of our 21 teams have finished among the nation’s Top 10, with men’s and women’s outdoor track and field to be held in Oregon in early June. Both of our teams are projected to finish in the Top 10. I feel confident that we will see marked improvement in numerous sports in the near, if not immediate, future.’’

The 2018 budget marked the first portion of a lengthy report by Treasurer Ryan Nesbit, UGA Vice President for Finance and Administration. Nesbit also detailed the Athletic Association reserve funds and outlined spending restrictions. He said the total operating reserve funds amounted to $68.1 million; however, only $36.9 million of that amount are available to support credit ratings, future projects, and maintain a standard operating reserve to provide funding for unforeseen events.

Among the highlights of the many reports came from Faculty Athletics Representative David Shipley, who announced that UGA’s 511 student-athletes posted a best-ever 3.13 grade point average in the recently completed Spring Semester.

Other highlights of the Athletics Board meeting included the following:

A glowing academic report from Shipley, the text of which follows:

Appalachian State Kickoff Time Announced

Georgia football will host Appalachian State in its 2017 opener and the matchup on Saturday, September 2, will be televised by ESPN at 6:15 p.m., according to an announcement on Thursday.

The Bulldogs have faced the Mountaineers once, topping Appalachian State 45-6 in 2013.

Georgia plays its first away game at Notre Dame on Saturday, September 9, and NBC will televise the 7:30 p.m. matchup. The Bulldogs open their Southeastern Conference schedule in Sanford Stadium versus Mississippi State on Saturday, September 23.

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