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UGA "Count-Down to Kick-Off" - JULY 15th UGA Practice Field


 


Join Matt & Jon Stinchcomb, current and former UGA & NFL football players, Bulldog fans & families
for a day of autographs, pictures, games, food & FUN!!!

Proceeds will benefit the University of Georgia College of Education, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Georgia Transplant Foundation.

 

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ATHENS - Matt Stinchcomb and a few of his former Bulldog buddies, now NFL players, have come up with a pretty good idea: get together as many former players as you can, mix them with current UGA football players, toss in some fans and a carnival-like atmosphere and the result is Countdown to Kickoff. The event is scheduled for July 15 in Athens, with all proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales going to help Georgia children.

"We want to give the former players a chance to link with the players that are there now, and vice versa," said Stinchcomb. "We also want to give the fans a chance to interact with the players a little longer than just the extent of an autograph. It takes just a few seconds to just sign a piece of paper, but we will have players interacting with the kids and fans and having family fun."

While some of the particulars of the event are still being hammered out, Countdown to Kickoff will take place from 3-6 in the afternoon at the football practice fields behind the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. "Fun" is the name of the game.

"It is kind of like a fan appreciation festival," continued Stinchcomb. "We will have games like the moonwalk, face painting, clowns, beanbag tosses, and basketball games. And we are going to have a section of it with 'football related drills', that will be fun for the players to interact with the kids."

Matt Stinchcomb and a few of his former Bulldog buddies, now NFL players, have come up with a pretty good idea: get together as many former players as you can, mix them with current UGA football players, toss in some fans and a carnival-like atmosphere and the result is Countdown to Kickoff. The event is scheduled for July 15 in Athens, with all proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales going to help Georgia children.

"We want to give the former players a chance to link with the players that are there now, and vice versa," said Stinchcomb. "We also want to give the fans a chance to interact with the players a little longer than just the extent of an autograph. It takes just a few seconds to just sign a piece of paper, but we will have players interacting with the kids and fans and having family fun."

While some of the particulars of the event are still being hammered out, Countdown to Kickoff will take place from 3-6 in the afternoon at the football practice fields behind the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. "Fun" is the name of the game.

"It is kind of like a fan appreciation festival," continued Stinchcomb. "We will have games like the moonwalk, face painting, clowns, beanbag tosses, and basketball games. And we are going to have a section of it with 'football related drills', that will be fun for the players to interact with the kids."

While all of this is taking place on one field, there will be tents to provide shade and refreshments for fans, as well as a place to mingle with players on another field.

"We will provide food and drinks from Chick-fil-A and Coca-Cola," said Stinchcomb, "and we will have an area where players will rotate through to sign autographs and get pictures. We are going to provide things for fans to get signed."

Stinchcomb and four other former players are the chief celebrity organizers of the event. The others include his younger brother Jon Stinchcomb and Charles Grant of the New Orleans Saints, Jermaine Phillips of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Seattle Seahawk David Greene. All except for Greene will be in attendance.

"Greene is getting married about that time and will not be there in person," explained Stinchcomb. "I am sure that his to be wife would be pretty adamant that he be on his honeymoon."

However, the list of players does not end there.

"We are putting it in front of all the Georgia guys that are in the NFL that we can get a hold of," he said.

Some of the players that Stinchcomb has already talked to about attending the event are Randy McMichael, George Foster, Verron Haynes, Thomas Davis, and Garrison Hearst. He said he hopes to get in touch with as many former Bulldogs that are in the league as possible.

Additionally, he is inviting all current players who will be on campus to attend as well.

"We are getting a bunch of guys from the pros that have not been back to Athens much, to interact with the current players," said Stinchcomb. "We want these guys that are in the pros to get to know the players on the team now and to interact with the fans that supported them when they were in school."

Tickets will be available soon, and will cost $30.00.

"We are trying to make the price level something that is available to the everyday fan," said Stinchcomb. "A lot of these events are corporate events where a sponsor with get 20 tickets, and they will send them to whoever. But we want it to be for people who watch Georgia football games, who follow Georgia football, and who would be interested in coming at a price they can afford."

Stinchcomb said they got a late start on soliciting sponsors due to the fact that they did not get final approval from the University of Georgia until late April. Businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring Countdown to Kickoff can get more information at http://www.gatransplant.org/Events/EventInfo.aspx?ContentID=243

"We are actively pursuing as many sponsors as we can gather," said Stinchcomb.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Georgia Transplant Foundation, Children's Health Care of Atlanta, and The Arch Foundation through the UGA College of Education Department of Kinesiology.

Stinchcomb and Phillips are familiar with the Department of Kinesiology.

Said Stinchcomb: "They department runs a clinic for education majors, but any student can take the classes. The students interact with children who have disabilities, be they cognitive or physical disabilities. It is a mutual learning forum because the kids learn from the students and the students learn what those kids are capable of, and the students can apply that to their studies. A lot of the students are special education majors, occupational therapists, or physical therapists, so they get an idea of what these kids are capable of doing, and then they can apply that to some of the theories that they are learning in the classroom."

"Jermaine Phillips took a course when he was at Georgia, and the boy he worked with had Down syndrome, and the last time that I visited the clinic, Dr. Michael Hovart introduced me to the boy, and the boy said, 'Do you know Jermaine Phillips?' That was really telling. To say that there is an impact mutually shared between the students and those kids is an understatement. It was six years later and this kid remembers Jermaine, and Jermaine remembers him."

That date again: July 15 from 3-6 p.m., at the UGA practice fields in Athens. More information will be available in addition to a specific web page with bios and photos of the players who will attend in the coming days. Stay tuned to UGASports.com.

Now that his playing days are over, Stinchcomb wants to be a part of more events like this in the future.

"We want try and make this as enjoyable as possible, and then to raise some money for children's medical needs in the State of Georgia," he said in closing. "We hope it does really well."

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