Kirby Smart Family Foundation Hosts Luncheon At Stegeman

Kirby Smart Family Foundation Hosts Luncheon At Stegeman

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Kirby Smart Family Foundation Hosts Luncheon At Stegeman


Georgia football coach Kirby Smart is building his professional legacy Between the Hedges and an even longer lasting one through his Kirby Smart Family Foundation.

It was the first off day of preseason practice and Coach Smart and his wife Mary Beth Smart hosted about 100 Georgia athletes, benefactors and beneficiaries for a luncheon at Stegeman Coliseum to celebrate the first year anniversary of the foundation, score a few autographs from the host and several of his UGA players, pose for some photographs and simply to say thanks.

“Kirby and I have been so blessed, the University of Georgia has blessed us so much and we’re just thankful to have this opportunity to give back,” Mary Beth said.

“A lot of head coaches in college football nowadays have foundations, family foundations. It gives us a chance to teach our kids that if you have an opportunity to give back, you certainly want to do that,” Coach Smart added.

Present at today’s event were Coach Smart’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge golf partner and former Georgia quarterback David Dukes. The pair has teamed up to win $150,000 for the foundation and scholarships.

In addition, Anne Sapp and Beth Pann (pictured above) of the Share the Magic Foundation, representing Read With Malcolm, were present.

Mo Thrash, representing Camp Sunshine was another beneficiary present. The Dawgs make an annual visit to Camp Sunshine, a summer camp for children with cancer. Coach Smart’s brother, Karl, attended the Camp as a boy, and the Camp has had a long lasting affect on the family.

Devon Gales, the Southern University receiver paralyzed after an injury sustained against the Bulldogs in 2015 was present with his family. Gales continues to rehab at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center and the foundation has been instrumental in building an Atlanta home for Gales and his family.

“This is a special family event for us, it’s our first ever opportunity to give publicly,” said Smart. “Any time you have the opportunity to give back, you certainly want to do that.”

For more information, make a request or donate, visit KirbySmartFoundation.org.

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