September 1, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; The Georgia Bulldogs redcoat marching band performs prior to the game against the Buffalo Bulls at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia football 'Countdown To Kickoff' a great family event to attend

For those who may not know and have nothing to do on Saturday, may I suggest heading to Athens, Ga. for the annual Countdown To Kickoff.

The event organized and hosted by former Georgia greats David Greene, Matt Stinchcomb, and Jon Stinchcomb. I have personally attended this event every year for the past four years and I can tell you that you are guaranteed to leave with a smile. Many former and current Georgia players show up to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

The CTK has grown tremendously over the last few years, and this year it will even be moved from the original location (practice field) to Sanford Stadium. What is the best thing about the event? It is all for charity! The cost is $75 for a family pack (four tickets and refreshments) or $25 for an individual, with proceeds benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Georgia Transplant Foundation. The charities have received more than $1.1 million over the past eight years from the event.

From noon to 3 p.m., fans will will be able to dine and interact with current and former UGA football players, and run drills and throw passes with members of the 2014 Georgia Bulldogs team. Cheerleaders, the Redcoat Band and mascot Hairy Dawg also will be in attendance.

Bring your kids to run some drills on the field where the greatest players in the land have played, and get your picture taken with players that have made our beloved program great. Last year, wide receiver Chris Conley played a pick up game of football with lots of kids, and it wasn’t really clear who was having more fun…the kids or him.

So cancel your plans to have a Netflix marathon this Saturday, pack up the kids, and head to Athens. My family and I will be driving from Nashville at the wee hours of the morning for the event so if you see us give us a bark. After all, what is better than helping kids and taking a few selfies with some of the University of Georgia’s finest? Nothing.

You can get more info on the event’s official web page.

 

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