As of Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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The first UGA Game Ball Relay, which will precede Georgia's season-opening game with Buffalo, also will serve as a fundraiser for the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
Based on the Olympic Torch Relay concept, the event is a 24-hour relay that begins Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. with a launch party at the Shepherd Center with 15 members of the Bulldogs' 1980 national championship team. The game ball will make its way from there to Athens, arriving at the 50-yard line one minute prior to the UGA-Buffalo kickoff. Former UGA baseball players Chance Veazey and Johnathan Taylor, who both did extended rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center, will be some of the final carriers of the ball.
The final leg of the relay will be made up of Red Zone Warriors. The first 500 Bulldog fans who donate $100 to the Shepherd Center Foundation will be a Red Zone Warrior, which also includes a pre-game tailgate, march into the stadium and donor recognition.
Visit www.georgiadogs.com/gameballrelay for more information or to make a donation.