Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will join Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta by honoring the winner of the Georgia–Georgia Tech football game with the Governor’s Cup during a postgame presentation on Saturday, November 24th.
Since 1933, Children’s has awarded the Governor’s Cup to either the Yellow Jackets or Dawgs. The tradition started when Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children was on the verge of shutting down. Georgia Tech and Georgia decided to play a freshman football game on Thanksgiving to benefit the hospital. It became an annual event, and for many years the proceeds from that game were enough keep Scottish Rite in business. To show its appreciation, Scottish Rite presented the Governor’s Cup to the winner of the game – then called the “Scottish Rite Football Classic.”
In 1993, the freshman game dissolved due to NCAA-mandated scholarship limitations and the Governor’s Cup was awarded to the winner of the varsity game in 1994.
For many years the governor of Georgia would declare Thanksgiving Day as “Scottish Rite Football Classic Day,” and he would be on hand to present the Governor’s Cup to the winner. Gov. Deal’s presence at the game marks the first time in nearly 20 years that the governor has been there to give the trophy.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not‐for‐profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 17 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.
Postgame Presentation Plan
If Georgia Wins: Governor Deal and representatives from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will join the Georgia players and coaches midfield immediately following the game to present the Governor’s Cup.
If Georgia Tech wins: The presentation will take place in the visitor’s locker room. Governor Deal and representatives from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will present the Governor’s Cup to the Georgia Tech players and coaches.
**The Governor’s Cup will be located on the Georgia sideline near midfield before and during the game for additional photography.