Mark Richt barbecues NCAA while promoting charity event
Former Georgia head coach Mark Richt made an appearance at Kirby Smart’s press conference Monday to promote a charity event he is putting on.
Richt is launching the Chick-fil-a Dawg Bowl, which is a VIP bowling tournament set to take place on Oct. 18 with the goal of fighting against Parkinson’s and Crohn’s disease. Richt suffers from Parkinson’s and his granddaughter suffers from Crohn’s.
The fundraiser will include celebrity bowlers, including some of Georgia’s players, and the winner get’s a WWE-style belt that reads “To be the best, you gotta beat the best.”
In honor of my friend Coach Mark Richt, I’m joining the fight against Parkinson’s and Crohn’s. UGA researchers are in that fight, but they need our help. So, we’re launching the Chick-fil-A Dawg Bowl on Oct. 18, a VIP bowling fundraiser for Parkinson’s research at UGA! Join in by…
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) October 2, 2023
Richt noted that the fundraiser has already received $500,000 pledged and they are shooting for a goal of at least $750,000.
Richt is excited to have some of Georgia’s players at the event, but he had to get some jokes off towards the NCAA, noting that when he was a head coach, players likely wouldn’t be able to participate in the event.
“Back in my day they would’ve got thrown in NCAA jail,” Richt said. “Believe my they’d have a 2-game suspension for being honest and fessing up to it. If I’d go back and do it again it would be lie and deny.”