[su_spacer size=”20″] The launch of The Magill Society, a new leadership giving organization, was announced Friday by the University of Georgia Athletic Association and The Georgia Bulldog Club.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Named after Dan Magill, legendary tennis coach, sports information director and executive secretary of The Georgia Bulldog Club, the Magill Society will recognize those that make philanthropic commitments of $25,000 and above to Georgia Athletics.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Donations to the Magill Society will benefit the Georgia Excellence campaign, a comprehensive campaign focused on athletics facility construction and enhancement. The first component of Georgia Excellence will be the construction of the Indoor Athletics Facility. It is anticipated that the facility will cost $30 million, with construction set to begin at the conclusion of the 2015 football season. Additional information on the Georgia Excellence campaign will be released in the coming months.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “This is an exciting day for Georgia Athletics,” said Greg McGarity, J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics. “The Magill Society will serve as the leadership giving arm of The Georgia Bulldog Club, ultimately helping us build new facilities while enhancing our existing ones. We are proud to name this society in honor of one of our most loyal and committed individuals, Dan Magill. No one gave more to Georgia athletics than Dan Magill did,” added McGarity.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Members of the Magill Society will gain access to a number of stewardship opportunities including invitations to exclusive events, Magill Society apparel, and game day program recognition. Benefits at the higher levels include facility naming opportunities, pregame sideline access for home football games, football away game travel and more.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “We are ecstatic about the launch of the Magill Society and truly believe it is going to have a tremendous impact on all 600 plus of our student-athletes,” Mónica Lebrón, Associate Athletics Director for Development, stated. “By joining the Magill Society and supporting the Georgia Excellence campaign our members will help enhance our athletics facilities exponentially.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] For the first time ever, donors will also have the option of accepting priority points as part of their major gift pledge. Commitments to the Magill Society are above and beyond Hartman Fund annual donations or other per-seat contributions that are made for tickets and parking. Commitments to the Magill Society are typically fulfilled over a five-year period. The Georgia Bulldog Club staff will work with each individual donor to develop a payment schedule that best fits his/her needs.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “Our team will work tirelessly to grow the Magill Society in hopes of expanding the support of Georgia athletics,” added Lebrón. “We will call on our alumni, donors, and fans to join us as we build our resources to position our coaches and student-athletes to compete at the highest level.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] For more information on the Magill Society contact The Georgia Bulldog Club at 877-GA-DAWGS (877-423-2947).
[su_spacer size=”40″] More about Dan Magill:
[su_spacer size=”20″] The Magill Society is named in honor of legendary tennis coach, sports information director, and executive secretary of the Georgia Bulldog Club, Dan Magill. One of the most recognized names in the history of Georgia Athletics, Dan Magill, is considered by many ‘the greatest Bulldog of all-time.’
[su_spacer size=”40″] Dan Magill began his 59-year association with University of Georgia athletics as a baseball batboy in the 1930’s and continued in numerous roles until his retirement in 1995. In 1954, Magill became head coach of the Bulldog men’s tennis program. He held the title for the next 34 years, building the program with a 706-183 record (most wins by any coach in NCAA history), 13 Southeastern Conference outdoor championships, eight SEC indoor championships, and two national championships.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Magill retired as tennis coach following the 1988 season. He remained on the Georgia athletic staff through 1995, as Director of Men’s and Women’s Tennis, as well as Assistant Athletic Director for Public Relations and Georgia Bulldog Club. During his long tenure with the University, he also served 27 years as sports information director and 25 years as secretary of The Georgia Bulldog Club.