Athens, GA - The fourth annual Lady Bulldog Holiday Bicycle Giveaway will kick into high gear this weekend when the team assembles around 60 bikes that will be given to deserving youth during the holiday season.
From noon-1:30 on Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs, members of UGA's committee on intercollegiate athletics, deans and professors from several UGA colleges and members of the Athletic Association staff will assemble the bikes in the recently expanded concourse of Stegeman Coliseum. That process will continue with members of the Fastbreak Club from 2:30-3:30.
"This project was an idea our players had four years ago and it has quickly become a valuable tradition for our program," head coach Andy Landers said. "We pulled it together sort of on a whim that first year but now it's something the players get excited about and really look forward to."
Lady Bulldog players and managers solicited funds to purchase 26 bikes and helmets, and Academy Sports + Outdoors donated 30 more. Athens/Clarke County schools that participated in the "Reading With The Dogs" program will help distribute the bicycles and helmets.
"We were able to provide 20 bikes in the first year and have tripled that in each of the past three years, largely due to the partnership with Academy Sports + Outdoors" Landers said. "I strongly believe that raising the funds and then assembling the bicycles fosters a greater sense of appreciation and ownership and also enhances the holiday spirit of giving."