The University of North Georgia (UNG) softball program was recognized for its 2015 NCAA Division II National Championship Jan. 28 at the state capitol in Atlanta, including a commendation by Gov. Nathan Deal.
|UNG softball players and administration pose with state senators.|
After a team photo with Gov. Deal, UNG President Dr. Bonita Jacobs, Director of Athletics Lindsay Reeves, Head Coach Mike Davenport, and players Kim McMillan and Meagan May were welcomed to the floor of the Georgia Senate. There, Sen. Steve Gooch of Dahlonega issued a proclamation to the team for their successful 2015 season. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Gainesville native, spoke on the academic and athletic success at UNG.
Speaking from the floor of the Senate and later the House, Jacobs thanked lawmakers for their support of the team and the university.
"I am so proud of this team for earning UNG's first national championship," Jacobs said. "All of these student-athletes are from Georgia – ours is the only NCAA Division I or II program that can make that claim."
|UNG softball players and administration with state representatives.|
After the Senate recognition, the team also was recognized by the Georgia House. Rep. David Ralston, Speaker of the House and a UNG graduate, yielded to fellow UNG alumnus, Rep. Kevin Tanner of Dawsonville. Joined by House members representing hometowns of all softball team members, Tanner presented a proclamation to the team. After the proclamation, many representatives took pictures with their constituents on the UNG softball team along with the national championship trophy.
The final stop of the day was Gooch's office, where the players delivered the trophy. The trophy was to remain at the state capitol for several days, traveling to offices of both Senate and House members who represent UNG players and coaches.
The chances for another title look promising. The Peach Belt Conference preseason softball coaches' poll picked UNG to repeat as Peach Belt champs this year and the 2016 NFCA Division II preseason coaches' poll has voted UNG as the number 1 team.