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UGA's Edwards wins the Bill Hartman Award

Photo by Mike Phillips

Photo by Mike Phillips

ATHENS --- Teresa Edwards, a two-time All-American for the Georgia Lady Bulldogs and the only U.S. basketball player to compete in five Olympic Games, is the 2010 recipient of the Bill Hartman Award.

Edwards will be presented the award at Saturday s football game against Tennessee.

"There are many great names associated with Georgia athletics and Teresa Edwards is certainly one of the greatest," said Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. "She was a tremendous representative of the University as a student-athlete, and since graduation she has been a worldwide ambassador for basketball inspiring countless lives."

Named for the late Bill Hartman, Georgia s long-time kicking coach and chairman of the Georgia Student Educational Fund, the Hartman Award is one of the highest honors given to a former UGA student-athlete. The Hartman Award has been presented annually since 1992 and recognizes former Georgia student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and/or in service to others by 20 or more years of superior performance after graduation. Only former varsity athletes who have received a baccalaureate degree from Georgia can be considered for the award.

Edwards, a native of Cairo, enjoyed a spectacular four-year run that turned Lady Bulldog Basketball into one of the nation's premier programs.

She helped lead Georgia to its first-ever Final Four appearance as a freshman in 1983, to an NCAA runner-up finish in 1985 and to SEC Championships in 1983, 1984 and 1986. The Lady Bulldogs compiled a 116-7 record during Edwards' four seasons at UGA.

In 1984, the summer following her sophomore year, Edwards was the youngest member of the U.S. team that captured a Gold Medal at the Los Angeles Olympics. She started for virtually every U.S. National Team to enter a major international competition for the rest of the century. She captured additional Gold Medals in 1988, 1996 and 2000, as well as a Bronze in 1992.