The inaugural “Countdown to Kickoff,” held at the Woodruff Practice Fields last month, raised $100,000 for three Georgia organizations.
Hosted by Jon and Matt Stinchcomb, former football players, the event allowed about 1,500 fans to get autographs from more than 50 current and former UGA and NFL players such as Charles Grant and Jermaine Phillips. Fans also had a chance to have their photo taken with Uga VI.
“We’ve had some amazing support from the athletes throughout this process,” Stinchcomb said. “We are honored that these guys spent their Saturday out here supporting us and connecting with their biggest fans. We couldn’t have done it without them.”
UGA’s College of Education, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Georgia Transplant Foundation were beneficiaries of the money raised through sponsorships, ticket sales and raffle purchases.