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Local youth attend 4-H Day at UGA Football Game

Local 4-H youth pose for a photo in Sanford Stadium in Athens, football field in the background

Cook County 4-H members celebrate 4-H Day at Sanford Stadium in Athens.

Athens, Ga. (Sept. 24) – Georgia 4-H’ers from all over the state converged in Athens to celebrate 4-H Day at the University of Georgia football game on September 24th, including twenty Cook County youth, 4-H leaders and volunteers.

The local 4-H’ers enjoyed several special 4-H Day events, including a trip to the UGA bookstore, meeting the UGA football players and even a photo opportunity with University of Georgia President Jere Morehead. The 4-H and American flags can be seen waving in the wind with a beautiful clear blue sky background, perfect for a game of football.

The Georgia Bulldogs battled the Kent State Golden Flashes. The Bulldogs won 39 – 22.

For most of our rural South Georgia youth, this event is a memorable experience as they get to travel to the Classic City, experience a collegiate campus environment, and even had the opportunity to take selfies with well-known Georgia football players, including Georgia quarterback, Stetson Bennett, offensive lineman Tate Ratledge, wide receiver Kearis Jackson, running back Kendall Milton, linebacker Robert Beal, Jr., defensive lineman Nazir Stackhouse, and linebacker MJ Sherman. Our 4-H youth ended the day with a trip to Buc-ee’s.

Out of town trips are not possible without an extra pair of hands and additional transportation. Our volunteers, Jonathon Searcy and collegiate young adult volunteer and Cook 4-H alumnus Jacob Shirah accompanied our Cook 4-H leaders and youth. 

Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 175,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit or contact your local Cook County Extension office at 229-896-7456.

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  1. Peyton Daughtrey on October 6, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    I went with my best friend Kallie Gaskins and we had an awesome time. We will definitely go back for sure. I have never been to a football game that had so much intensity to watch. I will never forget the girl’s mission that Mrs.Katrina asked us to do. I enjoyed being with my friends and hanging out with them. The night before was a good night because my friend got to stay with and we just had a very good time that night before the game. Waking up early was a problem because we got to jam out to some country music on the way to Athens, GA. I had so much fun.

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