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Student Athlete of the Month: January

Chelsea Davis, Gymnastics


Chelsea Davis is a Junior on the Gymnastics team from Austin, Texas. She competes in the vault, uneven bars and balance beam events. She is a proven leader in competition, the classroom and the community. You might recognize her from the student-athlete thank you video. Her constant effort to go above and beyond to achieve at the highest level in everything she does makes Chelsea an incredible example of type of student-athlete we are all proud to call a Georgia Bulldog!

Here are just a few reasons Chelsea has been selected as the female student-athlete of the month:

  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Gymnastics 2013 Representative
  • Collected canned food for the Hunger Bowl benefitting the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
  • Collected toys for Toys for Tots
  • Collected can food for the Hunger Bowl benefitting the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
  • Wrote Holiday cards for deployed soldiers
  • Works with Special Olympic athletes with gymnastics

To read more about Chelsea and her achievements, click here.

Kosta Vavlas, Football


Kosta is a Redshirt Junior inside linebacker on the Football team from Tarpon Springs, FL. His ability to lead his peers has been rewarded both on the field and off the field. In the 2013 season he was co-captain of the special teams unit and in 2012 was inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy. Kosta demonstrates relentless hard work and dedication to success both on and off the field which makes him an exemplary model of the type of student-athlete UGA coaches seek to recruit every year.

Here are just a few reasons why Kosta has been selected as the male student-athlete of the month:

  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Football 2012 & '13 Representative
  • Inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy in October 2012
  • Chosen as a Caterpillar Community All-American 2013
  • Participated in the UGA’s Learn, Play, Excel Program in May 2013 at the Drew Charter School in Atlanta, GA
  • Participated in the 2012 and 2013 Special Olympics Homeruns for Hometown Rivals Baseball game
  • Participated in 2012 and 2013 Special Olympics Prom
  • Collected toys for Toys for Tots
  • Wrote Holiday card for deployed soldiers
  • Safe Routes to School at Barrow Elementary

To read more about Kosta and his achievements, click here.


Thank You from the Student-Athletes


In the spirit of the holiday season, our student-athletes recorded a special video to thank you, the members of The Georgia Bulldog Club, for everything you do to make their experience at Georgia great. Click on the image above to watch the video and hear the student-athletes express their gratitude for your generosity and support.


Student Athlete of the Month: November

Marcus Thornton, Men's Basketball


Marcus, a red-shirt junior on the Men's Basketball team, is an incredible student-athlete, leading his team on and off the court. He has been starting for the Bulldogs since his sophomore year in the 2011-12 season and has spent countless hours giving back to the Athens community. He represents the UGA student-athlete standard of hard-working, relentless all-around work ethic that makes Georgia a notch about the rest.

Here are just a few reasons Marcus has been selected as the male student-athlete of the month:

  • Inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy in October 2013
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member for men’s basketball for 2012, 2013
  • Participated in the UGA’s Learn, Play, Excel Program in May 2013 at the Drew Charter School in Atlanta, GA
  • Participated in the 2013 Special Olympics Homeruns for Hometown Rivals Baseball game

To read more about Marcus and his achievements, click here.

Brittany Northcutt, Volleyball


Brittany, a senior on the volleyball team, has shown an outstanding commitment to excellence on the court, in the classroom and throughout the community since her freshman year. Her unparalleled effort to be the best she can be all around makes her a great leader and proud example of what it means to be a Georgia Bulldog.

Here are just a few reasons why Brittany has been selected as the female student-athlete of the month:

  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member for volleyball for 2012, 2013
  • Participated in 2013 Special Olympics Homeruns for Hometown Rivals Baseball game and the 2012 Special Olympics Prom
  • Collected toys for Toys for Tots and canned food for the Hunger Bowl benefiting the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
  • Safe Routes to School at Barrow Elementary that encourages students to walk, bike, and bus to school safely – monthly
  • Collected clothing and gear for Gear for Greatness benefiting children at the Boys and Girls Club of Athens
  • Collected and participated in Soles 4 Soles – shoe drive
  • Gear for Greatness – collected apparel and sports equipment to donate to Boys and Girls Club of Athens
  • Wrote Holiday card for deployed soldiers

To read more about Brittany and her achievements, click here.


Student Athlete of the Month: October

Nathan Pasha, Men's Tennis


Nathan, in his junior year at UGA, is already a proven leader amongst his peers and in competition. His achievements in his first two years at UGA make him a great example of the elite individuals Georgia expects to fill the rosters on each of its teams. Here are just a few reasons why Nathan has been selected as the male student-athlete of the month:

  • Serves as the Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was the 2012-13 Men's Tennis SAAC Representative
  • Inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy in 2012
  • Participated in UGA's Learn, Play, Excel Program in May 2013 at the Drew Charter School in Atlanta, GA
  • Participated in the 2013 Special Olympics Hometown Rivals Baseball game

To read more about Nathan’s achievements click here.

Julia Hemingway, Equestrian


Julia, a senior Hunt Seat on the Equestrian team, has shown an outstanding commitment to giving back to the community through countless hours of selfless service in her time at UGA. She is an outstanding representation of what it means to be a Georgia Bulldog with her demonstrated leadership, academic excellence and dedication to bettering her community. Here are just a few reasons why Julia is our female student-athlete of the month:

  • Serves as the Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was the 2012-13 SAAC Co-Vice President
  • Inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy in 2012
  • Collected Toys for Tots and canned food for the Hunger Bowl benefiting the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
  • Provides monthly Safe Routes to School at Barrow Elementary that encourages students to walk, bike and bus to school safely
  • Collected clothing and gear for Gear for Greatness benefiting children at the Boys and Girls Club of Athens

To read more about Julia’s achievements click here.


Student Athlete of the Month: September

Andrew Gemmell, Swimming


Andrew is a star athletically, academically and in the community. With his high athletic and academic achievement along with his commitment to giving back he represents the pride associated with the Georgia name. Here are just a few reasons why Andrew is our male student-athlete of the month:

  • Named the recipient of the Joel Eaves Award as the male student-athlete with the highest GPA entering his senior year academically
  • Served as a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Representative for men’s swimming and diving for 2011-12, 2012-13 and currently serving for 2013-14
  • Member of the 2012 US Olympic Men’s Swim Team
  • Inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy in 2010
  • Participated in reading programs at local elementary schools
  • Written letters of encouragement to elementary aged children
  • Participated in 2012 and 2013 Special Olympics Homeruns for Hometown Rivals Baseball game

To read more about Andrew’s achievements click here.

Kate Fuller, Women’s Tennis


Kate is an incredible representative of Georgia athletics. She is an excellent leader both on and off the field, finding success on the court and in the classroom, while also finding time to give back to the community. Here are just a few reasons why Kate is our female student-athlete of the month:

  • Served as a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Representative for Women’s Tennis for 2012-13 where she served as Co-President, and currently serving for 2013-14
  • Inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy in 2012
  • Participated in 2013 “UGA Day – Learn, Play, Excel” program at Drew Charter School in 2013
  • Participated in 2012 and 2013 Special Olympics Homeruns for Hometown Rivals Baseball game and the 2012 Special Olympics Prom
  • Collected toys for Toys for Tots
  • Collected shoes for Soles 4 Souls
  • Read to elementary school students for National Young Readers Week

To read more about Kate’s achievements click here.


Triple Donor Event

September 6, 2013

The Georgia Bulldog Club held its inaugural Triple Donor Event on September 6th. A group of 40 donors who contribute to the William C. Hartman Jr. Fund, Basketball Enhancement Fund, and Gymnastics Endowment Fund were invited to Sanford Stadium to paint the G at midfield before the home football opener against South Carolina. President Jere Morehead, AD Greg McGarity, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mark Fox, and Head Gymnastics Coach Dana Durante were all in attendance to thank the triple donors for their commitment to UGA Athletics.

For more information on how to donate to the three annual funds, click here:

Triple Donor Event Slideshow

For pictures from the event, click here:

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Student Athlete of the Month: August

Chris Conley, Football


Chris Conley is a junior flanker on the football team from Dallas, Georgia. He’s an incredible representative of what Georgia Athletics is all about; brains, brawn and integrity. Chris is an incredible athlete, successful student and all around great young man. Here are just a few reasons Chris is our first male student-athlete of the month:

  • NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Representative for the SEC
  • 2012-13 & current SAAC Representative for football
  • Named recipient of the 2013 UGA Sportsmanship and Ethics Award
  • Inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy in 2012
  • Speaker in “UGA Day - Learn, Play, Excel” program in 2012 Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA (watch here) and 2013 Drew Charter School that inspired children to do good in school, be a good friend, set goals, and more (read more here)
  • Participated in 2012 and 2013 Special Olympics Homeruns for Hometown Rivals Baseball Game To learn more about Chris’s athletic and academic success click here.

Torri Allen, Soccer


Torri Allen is a senior defender on the women’s soccer team from Stafford, Virginia. Torri is an excellent example of the type of student-athlete the Georgia Athletics is proud to call our own, demonstrating excellent leadership, athletic prowess, hard work and a commitment to the community. Here are some of the reasons Torri is our first female student-athlete of the month:

  • 2011-12, 2012-13 & current Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Representative for soccer
  • Inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy in 2012
  • Speaker at Girl Power Day in 2013 that inspired young girls to be a good friend, a good leader, to be healthy, and a good student
  • Participated in 2013 “UGA Day – Learn, Play, Excel” program at Drew Charter School in 2013 (read more here)
  • Participated in 2012 and 2013 Special Olympics Homeruns for Hometown Rivals Baseball game
  • Collected canned goods for needy families during the Thanksgiving holidays

To learn more about Torri’s athletic and academic success click here.


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A message from Mark Slonaker…


Mark Slonaker

Georgia Bulldog Club Family,

Summer is here in beautiful Athens, Georgia! Many of our incoming student-athletes enrolled early for summer school and their journey as a Bulldog is beginning to take form. As the student-athletes begin their experiences this summer, they will fall in love with Georgia and become as passionate about the Dawgs as each of you!

Your passion and support of the Dawgs this past year set the highest Hartman Fund total ($23.5M) since 2008! We thank you for going above and beyond in your commitment to the G! In the past year we have initiated a Young Alumni ticketing program, begun a Capital Campaign to renovate Foley Field, and increased the marketing of our endowed scholarship program which resulted in 17 newly endowed scholarships.

We are constantly working to help each of our coaches and their student-athletes have everything they need to excel! To learn more about the ways you can support the Georgia Bulldogs, please visit our web page, thegeorgiabulldogclub.com, or call us at 1.877.GA.DAWGS (423.2947). The Georgia Bulldog Club staff wishes you a safe and happy summer!

TOGETHER We Make Georgia GREAT!

Mark Slonaker
Executive Director
The Georgia Bulldog Club

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