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Former UGA football player received Community Spirit Award March 5

Former UGA wide receiver Chris Conley received the Community Spirit Award, presented by Georgia Power, at the 10th annual Atlanta Sports Awards. The first collegiate athlete to win the award, Conley was honored alongside Lifetime Achievement winner Tom Glavine March 5 at the Fox Theatre.

The Community Spirit Award is presented annually to an Atlanta-area athlete or coach who is actively involved in the community and epitomizes the highest standards of leadership, sportsmanship and integrity. Last year’s award recipient was Atlanta Falcons placekicker Matt Bryant.

Conley volunteered for a variety of causes including “Learn, Play, Excel,” the UGA Athletic Association’s program promoting leadership, anti-bullying, respect for authorities and the value of athletics participations with Athens and Atlanta-area elementary schools; Home Runs for Hometown, softball games for Special Olympians; Samaritan’s Feet, a nonprofit that donates and distributes shoes to those in need; Read Across America, a national initiative that focuses on reading to young students; the Bulldogs Battling Breast Cancer Golf Tournament; and Camp Sunshine, a facility for children with cancer.