ATHENS -- Georgia will host its annual "Fan Day" charity event featuring Bulldog football standouts and current NFL players Saturday at Woodruff Practice Fields off Lumpkin Street from 3- 6 p.m.
The event is organized by three former Bulldogs: former NFL quarterback David Greene, NFL first-round draft choice Matt Stinchcomb and current New Orleans Saints lineman Jon Stinchcomb.
Benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Georgia Transplant Foundation, as well as the Children's Tumor Foundation, the University of Georgia College of Education and UGA's own Pediatric Exercise and Motor Development Clinic, the event provides Georgia fans the opportunity to spend an afternoon with some of their favorite Bulldogs of the past and present. There are activities for fans of all ages from autograph and photo sessions, games, face painting and training camp drills. Mascot Hairy Dawg and the UGA cheerleaders are scheduled to be in attendance along with the Redcoat Band.
In addition, fans will have the opportunity to join Georgia coaches and players at the Countdown to Kickoff Golf Tournament scheduled for today, at the UGA Golf Course.
"Fan Day is an extraordinary event that allows us to show our support for pediatric healthcare," Matt Stinchcomb said. "We can't overstate the passion and support of the fans, players and coaches. There are so many different activities for the fans to engage in, and they also have the opportunity to interact with the players they have supported which gives them a chance to meet the person, not just the athlete."
Tickets are $25 each for the Saturday event. A Family Pack costs $75, which includes four tickets.
The 2009 Countdown to Kickoff "Fan Day" charity event was very successful, giving over 1,200 people the ultimate UGA fan experience. For more information regarding the 2010 Countdown to Kickoff and to order tickets, please visit www.ugakickoff.com.
JACKSON TO LEAVE GEORGIA AFTER ARREST, SUSPENSION:
ATHENS -- Dontavius Jackson, one of two Georgia players arrested on alcohol-related charges last week, is transferring from the university after the summer semester.
Coach Mark Richt suspended Jackson for at least six games after the sophomore was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and other motor vehicle offenses early Saturday morning.
Jackson, a backup running back, had four carries for 38 yards in 2009.
Richt announced Jackson's plans to transfer late Wednesday night. The school initially said Jackson would transfer after spring semester.
Sophomore split end Tavarres King was charged with underaged possession of alcohol and has been suspended for at least one game.
GA. TECH FOOTBALL TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY:
ATLANTA - Single-game football tickets to Georgia Tech home games will be available on www.ramblinwreck.com/tickets beginning at 5 p.m. on today.
On Monday, July 19 at 9 a.m., single-game tickets will be available via telephone (888-TECH-TIX, 888-832-4849 or 404-894-5447) or in person at the ticket office window, located on the northeast corner of Bobby Dodd Stadium. Processing fees and/or online per ticket fees are associated with all ticket purchases - internet, telephone and window.
Season tickets are still available for purchase for $260, in addition to TECH Fund fees where applicable. A limited number of Gold Zone season tickets (upper north endzone in the first few rows above the
walkway) remain at $180.
This season's Helluva Fan Pack includes three games - South Carolina State on Sept. 4, Middle Tennessee State on Oct. 16 and Miami on Nov.
13. The price for these packs range from $125 (non-TECH Fund area) to $165 (TECH Fund area).
Single-game ticket prices include the season opener against South Carolina State ranging from $25 (non-TECH Fund area) to $45 (TECH Fund area), Middle Tennessee State ranging from $40 (non-TECH Fund area) to $60 (TECH Fund area) and NC State, Virginia and Duke games ranging from
$45 to $65. Ticket prices for the Miami game range from $60 to $80.
Groups of 10 or more may purchase reduced-rate tickets to five games - South Carolina State ($13), NC State ($23), Virginia ($23), Middle Tennessee State ($20) and Duke ($23). Group tickets are located in non-TECH Fund areas only.
Ticket availability for road games is limited to Georgia Tech football season ticket holders, Alexander-Tharpe Fund donors, alumni, faculty/staff and students. The general public is encouraged to contact the host institution for ticket availability.
To view a diagram of Bobby Dodd Stadium and various seating areas:
FSU TO RETIRE BROOKS' NO. 10 JERSEY IN NOVEMBER:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State University will retire the famed No. 10 jersey of former Seminole and Tampa Bay Buccaneers star linebacker Derrick Brooks at its football game against Clemson on Nov. 13th.
Brooks was a two-time consensus All-American at outside linebacker for the Seminoles. He starred at FSU from 1991-94, leading the Seminoles to their first national title as a junior and earning first team All-ACC honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was named the ACC Player of the Year in 1994. Brooks then had a likely Hall of Fame career as the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers' all-time leading tackler. He was voted to 10 consecutive Pro Bowls (11 total) and at the time of his retirement had made an NFL-leading 200 consecutive starts. He led Tampa to the Super Bowl title in 2002.