Peach Bowl Classic Tickets On Sale

Oct. 10, 2002

ATLANTA, Ga. - Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Classic for Kids men's basketball doubleheader Dec. 15 at Philips Arena.

The first game features a battle of Bulldogs as Gonzaga University faces the University of Georgia at 1:30 p.m. EDT, followed by Georgia Tech University against the University of Tennessee.

Tickets are $35 for lower 100 level, $25 for lower 200 level and $20 for upper level. They are sold through Ticketmaster at 1-800-326-4000 or by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a discount of at least $5-per-seat by calling the Philips Arena box office at (404) 878-3866. Upper 400 level tickets for groups of 10 or more are $10.

The Bulldog battle features two teams that finished the 2002 regular season in the top 25. Each team has a member of the John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50 (Gonzaga's Cory Violette and Georgia's Jarvis Hayes) and each are among Lindy's Basketball preview magazine's top 10 frontcourts in the nation (Gonzaga No. 2, Georgia No. 7).

Tennessee and Georgia Tech will meet for the first time since Dec. 17, 1968, 13 days before the first Peach Bowl. The keys to this battle are players who are talented but untested underclassmen. The Volunteers and Yellow Jackets each have three freshmen that were ranked among the top 100 high school players in the nation by various publications when they were high school seniors. Georgia Tech has four sophomores who earned the same honors two years ago.

The beneficiaries of this event are the Children's Healthcare Foundation and Camp Twin Lakes. Each organization received $35,000 from the event last year.

"This event is important for so many reasons," Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan said. "Not the least of which is the support it provides for two worthwhile charities."

"Philips Arena and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl have made a commitment to this event because it's an example of the positive impact that sports can have off the playing field," Philips Arena President Bob Williams said.

The Children's Healthcare Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to bringing health, hope and happiness to children by raising funds to support Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. With 430 licensed beds in two hospitals and more than 380,000 annual patient visits, Children's is one of the largest pediatric healthcare systems in the country.

"Children have special needs when it comes to medical care and this event is another example of the outstanding contribution the Atlanta sports community has made to help us meet those needs," said Doug Hertz, chairman, the Children's Healthcare Foundation.

Camp Twin Lakes is the only camping facility in Georgia for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. The goal of the camp is to provide a great camping experience for children who otherwise might not have one and to do this in a supportive and nurturing environment. When campers get to Twin Lakes, they forget their special needs and get back to doing the things kids do best: swimming, playing, laughing and just being kids.

"The Bowl is very proud of its partnership with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Camp Twin Lakes and what they're able to do for people in our community," Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman William Pate said.

 

 

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