Tailgating Guidelines


The Courtyard of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education

The Courtyard of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education is at the corner of Lumpkin and Carlton Streets. (1197 South Lumpkin St.) CHEERS will have 4 tents set up in the courtyard, immediately to the right as you enter the courtyard from the front of the hotel (arbored pathway, left of main hotel entrance).  Look for our CHEERS banner on the tents.


7:00 am for the set-up crew (see tailgating assignments).  As early as you like for everyone else!

Why should you get here early?

  1. Get coffee and get acquainted.
  2. Parking! Parking is at a premium for games. There is a limited number of free spaces. There is also parking for $20.00 at the Carlton Street Deck which is not a bad walk to the tailgate, however it fills up fast!!! You can pull into the hotel to drop off your food, but it is for drop off only.
  3. The cheerleaders usually arrive at the tailgate a couple of hours before the dawg walk which usually starts 1.5 hours before game time. Their day will have started even earlier and we want everything (Food, Drink and Family) in place before they arrive.

What to Bring

  • Chairs – enough for you, your guests and your cheerleader
  • Cooler with wheels
  • FOOD

A word about FOOD:  First bring a lot of it.  Don’t skimp on the amounts. Counting the Cheerleaders, Coaches, Mascots, Trainers, Family Members and Invited Guests, there may be 150 people at the tailgates. It takes a ton of food to feed that many folks. I know from years of these tailgates that we have some culinary artists out there. This is your time to show off. Every imaginable dish has been prepared, invented, or purchased over the years. Some people use the old standbys of Chick-Fil-A nuggets or pizza. We have had exotic quiches, soups, bar-b-que, pastries and sandwiches. We have never been disappointed with the menu. Coach Ben says “if you bring it, they’ll eat it!” We will let you know when to have the food there depending on game time.

Cups, plates, napkins, forks, knives, spoons, serving utensils, table covering, soft drinks, water, PowerAde, ice and a fair amount of cooler space for storage will be furnished by CHEERS.

Work Assignments

We ask each family to help by volunteering for either a set up or a take down at one of the home games. Set up means you arrive early to help get all the food and accessories out and ready. Take down means you stay after the tailgate and help consolidate the food and pack things away for the next tailgate.

The Dawg Walk

Also for you parents we usually head to the Dawg Walk after we eat. This is usually an hour and half before game time. The gang cheers at the end of the Tate Center and then leads the Dawg Walk of football players and coaches into the stadium. Great opportunity for pictures up close!!!

CHEERS is looking forward to having all of you at the Tailgates.  Go Dawgs!!!


Note From Ben O’Brien

A Note From Ben O’Brien, UGA Spirit Coordinator

Greetings! I hope you this newsletter finds you all doing well, and that the month of May is getting you excited about summer. As another season comes to a close and a new one is just around the corner, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for all you do to support our program. Your hard work and dedication definitely does not go unnoticed, and we are all grateful for the support you give. This year has been an incredible year and a huge turning point in the program. I am already excited about the 2011-2012 season! We had around 100 kids tryout this year, including over 20 boys, which was awesome to see. I ended up taking 26 on both Coed and All-Girl and with those numbers, the program has grown by 14 since last year. The talent level coming in this year is incredible, and I can already tell that everyone is ready and willing to work. This year also ended with a bang with the all-girl competitive team finishing 3rd at the NCAA Collegiate National Championships this year. Much recognition and respect was gained from a lot of people around the country, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for this team in the upcoming year!


UGA All Girl 2011 - 3rd Place Finish At Nationals

UGA All Girl 2011 - 3rd Place Finish At Nationals


Please meet your 2011-2012 UGA Cheerleaders:

UGA Cheerleaders 2011 - 2012

UGA Cheerleaders 2011 - 2012

Sam Clay, Andrea Bell, Sidni Vaughn, Jessica Bakalar, Brandon Jenkins, Katie McCreary, Hannah Lech, Courtney Hewatt, Tyler Stanford, Kaylyn Andrews, Allie Cheek, Katie Strickland, Alex Smith, Quannaires Streeter, Stephanie Ross, Jasmine King, Christian Conover, Kailyn Thomas, Emma Hearn, Shannon Young, Justin Rey, Alyssa Ford, Ashleighanna Lockett, Jamie Kleinman, Paul Beck, Garner Pilat, Alli Falkenstrom, Blake Fountain, Danny Quach, Erin Tuck, Alexa Carr, Aubrey Sutter, Joel May, Rachel Morris, Mackenzie Stokes, Lindsey Brush, Michael Gargiulo, Holly Houser, Jennifer Grant, Chelsea McNeal, Alex Vess, Ashlyn Bell, Adam Foskey, Mallory Gilliam, Stephen Hammond, Alex Aaron, Ryan Shannon, Alia Church, Mackenzie Dempsey, Brittney Cain


Photos Info

We have set up a Flickr account specifically for UGA Cheers photos.  Select any of the links below to view these pictures.

(Special thanks to David Ross for the great pictures!)

If you want access to any of the photo images you see here, sign up for a free Flickr account.  Perform a people search for ‘UGA Cheers’  Our photos are currently set up for public access.


UGA vs Ole Miss Game Sept. 24, 2011

UGA vs Coastal Carolina Game Sept. 17, 2011 Part II

UGA vs Coastal Carolina Game Sept. 17, 2011 Part I

UGA vs South Carolina Game Sept. 10, 2011

UGA vs Boise State Game Sept 3, 2011

GA Aquarium Event 2011 (UGA vs Boise State)

UGA Fan Day 2011 and Aug 20 Booster Club Meeting



General Meeting 08-20-2011

Minutes from the August 20, 2011 UGA CHEERS General Meeting

Hospitality Suite, Stegman Coliseum

  • Bill Sikes called the meeting to order at 10:15AM and welcomed all in attendance.
  • Bill Sikes recognized all Board members and Coach Ben O’Brien
  • Nominations and voting on a new slate of officers took place.  All members were voted on by a show of hands and were approved.  The new board is as follows:
    • Kathy Kennon- President
    • Donna Ross- Vice President
    • Bill Sikes- Treasurer
    • Lucy Bell- Secretary
    • Glynn Pilat- Communications Secretary
    • Dr. Bonnie Howard- Alumni Representative
    • Coach Ben O’Brien was introduced and gave a recap on the following:
      • Tryouts went well and there are 50 total cheerleaders in the program with 31 new cheerleaders.
      • The cheerleaders just returned from the NCA college camp in Myrtle Beach, SC.  The team competed against 26 other teams and returned with the following awards:
        • 1st Place- Best All Around Squad
        • 1st Place in Top Gun Stunt competition
        • Full paid bit to NCA Nationals in April
  • The Competition team will move to compete in the Small Coed Division this year with 4 boys and 16 girls
  • The UGA CHEERS booster club is an integral part in supporting the cheerleading program.  The club provides items such as half time meals at home games, tailgating meals before games, travel for away games, rings for third year athletes, and the end of the year banquet.  Please support the Booster club by paying your annual dues of $25 and the requested donation of $125.
  • The home game tailgates were discussed.  The following points were made:
    • Booster Club members signed up for set up and take down of the tailgates.  The first few home game tailgates setup times are set for 7 AM.
    • Members were reminded of the No Alcohol policy at the Booster Club tailgates
    • Families were encouraged to attend and bring PLENTY of food to share with everyone.
    • The UGA CHEERS booster club has the support of the Bulldawg Park: RV Complex again this year.  They hope to make a contribution to the booster club of $10,000-$12,000.  Some events this year that Bulldawg Park needs our support with:
      • BBQ Contest- We would like the booster club to have a team in this barbeque contest.  We will need to provide food for about 100 people.  The proceeds will benefit our club.  There will be a flyer coming in the mail about this.
      • Raffle- prize has not yet been determined but there is talk of a VW Beetle.  Suggestions are welcome
      • Coach O’Brien is picking up the away game tickets that were ordered by parents on Monday from the ticket office.  He will sort them and distribute them to the team to give to family members.
      • Coach O’Brien will notify the cheerleaders 2 weeks in advance if they are going to travel to an away game.  There are usually 16 cheerleaders for away games and only 8 if a flight is involved.
        • Only 14 cheerleaders will be traveling to Boise State at the GA Dome.  Coach O’Brien will let the cheerleaders know on Monday.
        • Friday- Pep Rally at GA Aquarium
        • Saturday Fan Fest at Georgia World Congress Center
        • The Border Bash will take place the Friday before the South Carolina game in Augusta GA.  This involves a golf tournament and pep rally.  16 to 18 cheerleaders will attend this event.
        • At the South Carolina game there will be an on-field tribute to the military
          • Noah Harris is a former UGA cheerleader who was killed in action in Iraq.  We hope to present his family with a cheerleading uniform at this game.
          • Glynn Pilat discussed the quick website she created and asked for a volunteer to be the webmaster.  Jane Tuck volunteered to act in this capacity.


Lucy Bell


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