It’s almost time for Mark Richt and Mark Fox to hit the road on their annual spring speaking tour, which this year has been expanded to 11 stops in four states in conjunction with the UGA Alumni Association and Bulldog Club chapters.
The tour begins with an appearance April 20 in Savannah and includes stops in Jacksonville (April 21), Augusta (April 27), Macon (April 28), Columbus (May 5), Greenville, S.C. (May 11), Charlotte (May 12), Gainesville (May 17), Dalton (May 19) and Albany (May 24). Then, after a two-month break, the tour will conclude in Atlanta (July 25 at the Cobb Galleria).
The events, open to the public, begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by a program at 7 p.m.
The out-of-state spots were selected because of the large number of UGA fans and alumni there. According to Dave Muia, the UGA Athletic Association official who oversees fund-raising and alumni relations, Greenville and Charlotte were the top two out-of-state cities this year in terms of contributions to the Hartman Fund, which is Georgia’s fund-raising vehicle tied to football season tickets.
The Charlotte appearance, by the way, will be at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Richt is scheduled to attend all 11 stops on the tour, while Fox is scheduled for all except Albany and possibly Augusta. Another member of the men’s basketball staff will speak when Fox can’t attend.
A full schedule of events, specific locations and contact information can be found by clicking here.
And for a flavor of the events, here’s a story I wrote from last year’s tour.