Nov. 20, 2014
THE FLATS – Nearly 330 Georgia Tech student-athletes participated in the second GTAA Thank-A-Thon held Nov. 10-13 in the Edge Building. The event was spearheaded by Tech’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) in conjunction with the Alexander-Tharpe Fund.
Student-athletes representing all 17 sports made 3,200 phone calls and handwrote nearly 2,200 letters to nearly 3,300 Georgia Tech donors during the four-night event.
“It’s awesome to see the student-athlete support. We had a goal to get every athlete here from Tech at least one night,” GT softball player and SAAB Vice President Caitlyn Coffey said. “Every SAAB rep from their respective sport made it a goal to tell our respective teams, one night, make a 30-minute commitment and it’s worked out well.”
GTAA staff members also rotated nights to help facilitate phone calls and offered up their offices for student-athletes to call donors.
Jackets QB Tim Byerly volunteered three straight nights, making more than 70 phone calls to donors.
“I wasn’t on scholarship here when I got here so I kind of know the benefits and how appreciative I am of being on scholarship here. I wanted to thank as many people as I could,” Byerly said. “None of this is possible without them. I just want to let them know how appreciative we are.”
Read more about SAAB’s #GTDonorWeek involvement in a recent #TGW story written by Jon Cooper.
The primary purpose of the Alexander-Tharpe Fund is to raise the money necessary to pay for Georgia Tech’s student-athlete scholarships. To learn more about the benefits of supporting the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, please contact the A-T Fund staff at 404-894-5414.