B1G Game this Weekend!
Hello Husker Fans,
The first item of business is to thank everyone who came to the watch party at Coldbrew's in Roswell last Saturday and participated in the Team Jack Fundraiser. It was a total success. Not only did most attendees buy a raffle ticket for the prize drawings, but many contributed more by simply donating to the cause. All of the Big Board winners kicked their winnings back into the pot for Team Jack, too. I'm proud to announce that GFN was able to raise $1100.00 to pass on to the Team Jack Foundation. That is amazing, and we on your board are very grateful for your generosity and support. Ya'll have big, big hearts.
Now on to University Park, PA, Happy Valley, Beaver Stadium. (WHEW!!) Our beloved Huskers will travel there this week end to do football battle against the Nittany Lions of Penn State University. It's been well documented that the P. Staters have struggled mightily since being involved in the Sandusky Affair and sanctions leveled by the NCAA. They are, however, a team with great pride and tradition and do not give up easily. They are fighting to be bowl eligible and send their seniors off on a high note, and Nebraska is the roadblock. Nebraska is fighting to win their eighth game(and, of course, their ninth as well, against Iowa) to have a respectable year.
Lately, Penn State has seemed to be putting it together(6-4,3-3) and a win over the Cornhuskers would give them two winning seasons in a row. That's pretty good for a team with fewer scholarships that the rest of the conference. But their head coach, Bill O'brien says that his young men work hard and want to show that they can do it despite any hardships.
Speaking of hardships, our men have created their own. Turnovers. We don't even have to talk about how last week's game was changed by them. The important thing is that they do not do the same thing this outing. It seems that our team has gelled in it's own way, both on O and D,despite injuries' but the "putting the ball on the ground" has got to stop.
It really should be an interesting game and we hope that you can come join us. We'll be at Coldbrew's in Roswell, directions below. The game is at 3:30. Come early to find a good seat, sip, nosh, scream, cheer, etc.
Hope to see you and yours,
GO BIG RED!!!
Jack Hoffman Day is the Michigan State Game!
On Saturday. November 16th during the Michigan State Game, Ga4Ne will be celebrating Jack Hoffman Day, a day set aside to raise funds for our heroic young man who has fought a heroic battle with brain cancer.
We will be taking donations, selling raffle tickets for some great items, and bring awareness to childhood cancer. To honor Jack Hoffman's amazing struggle, all of the proceeds raised will go to the Pediatric Brain Cancer Foundation.
Last year, we were able to make a $400 donation to the fund that was matched, and this year we would like to do much more. We would like to encourage all of our members to make heartfelt donations to the fund and support our little football player who stole our hearts in the Spring Game this year. Let's do it for Jack!
B1G Clubs of Atlanta - Great Football Event
The Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Northwestern B1G Clubs of Atlanta proudly welcome John U. Bacon, the New York Times best-selling author of the new book FOURTH AND LONG: The Fight for the Soul of College Football, for a fast-paced, engaging conversation about Big Ten football. John is a writer in love with an old game—a game he sees in grave danger. During his talk, Bacon discusses:
· A year into Coach O’Brien’s tenure at Penn State, what remains of Joe Paterno’s Grand Experiment, and what lessons can be learned? How did the Penn State coaches and players respond when the NCAA sanctions hit?
· How did the players at Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, and Northwestern impress Bacon? What does he think about their leaders?
· How has the role of athletic director changed, and why is it bad for college football? Why do the leaders of the sport not understand why their paying fans love it?
· How did the “musical chairs” among conferences start, how it will end, and how is it damaging college football?
What would Bacon do to fix this mess, once and for all?
“John U. Bacon went deep inside the world of college football, penetrating the locker room doors to meet some players you won’t forget and, most amazingly, learn the secrets coaches protect more fiercely than the CIA. By getting so close to the heart of the sport, Bacon reminds us what we love about our greatest game.”
—John Saunders, Emmy-nominated studio host of ESPN and ABC College Football
“No one knows the Big Ten better than John U. Bacon, so it's no surprise he picked the perfect football season to chronicle in his groundbreaking book, Fourth and Long. The Big Ten is at the vortex of so many issues in college sports, and Bacon expertly covers them all.” —Christine Brennan, USA Today national sports columnist and bestselling author of Best Seat in the House
“John U. Bacon has gotten to the core of the tug-of-war between the players and fans on one side, and the people running college sports exclusively for their own profit on the other. Bacon provides unique perspective that causes even the most ardent supporter of the status quo to question the future of this cherished American institution.” —Jay Bilas, ESPN basketball analyst and best-selling author of Toughness
JOHN U. BACON is the author of Three and Out, a New York Times bestseller, and five other books. He gives weekly commentary on Michigan Radio, teaches at the University of Michigan and at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, and speaks nationwide on leadership and diversity. Learn more at www.johnubacon.com
Event Tickets: $20
Famous Pub 2947 N Druid Hills Rd Ne, Atlanta · (404) 633-3555
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Denver Gray Remembered
The histories of Denver Gray and Georgians for Nebraska are woven together like cloth.
In the spring of 1992, Denver, Gail Arndt, Carol Collinsworth, and Ike Maggert invited Tom Frolik to a cookout at Gail's home. By the time the evening had concluded, it had been decided that Georgians for Nebraska would be resurrected, and Tom Frolik was given the task to accomplish that mission.
That fall, the first meeting of Georgians for Nebraska was held at the home of John Wade in Marietta. Denver and his lovely wife Bob Anne were in attendance. He consistently attended all GFN events throughout the beginning years of GFN.
One of the finest accomplishments by GFN has been the creation of the scholarship fund at the University of Nebraska. Denver came up with the idea of a scholarship fund and presented this idea to Tom Frolik, president of GFN at the time. The scholarship program was implemented and now has a balance in of excess of $100,000. Multiple scholarships have been awarded, with home grown Georgians receiving first priority. We will miss Denver Gray.
Most of the GFN members are not aware of the history, and I wanted to share these thoughts with the membership.
- Tom Frolik
Directions to ColdBrews
The Team Jack Foundation at Its Best
The most amazing moment of the Spring Game this year was not a showcase of our talent or strength, but rather, it was a startling example of heart. It was on that day that Jack Hoffman, a 7 year old fan with cancer, ran 69 yards during the game’s fourth quarter to score the games final touchdown, becoming the game’s leading rusher. The following links tell this beautiful story:
NBC Sports Coverage and Video
Team Jack Legacy Fund
Jack's Caring Bridge Site
Team Jack's Facebook Fan Page
Nebraska Alumni Association Link
Nebraska Athletics Association
Come Join Us!
All new members and renewing members receive a membership card. On the back of this card is an exclusive offer for all members. By presenting your official GA4NE membership card at the official watch site, you will receive a 15% discount on all regularly priced items on your bill at the end of the game. This discount is for game days only and does not include items already on special.
Contribute to the Ga4Ne Scholarship Fund
Georgians for Nebraska is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization. All proceeds regenerated go to the Georgians for Nebraska Scholarship Fund. We also provide opportunities to donate/participate with various non-profit organizations as well.
The Georgians for Nebraska scholarship fund helps high school Georgian students with scholarships to attend school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.