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Sports Introduction

Georgia has a rich, varied, and ongoing tradition of producing quality sports teams. Atlanta is home to four professional sports franchises - the Braves (Major League Baseball), Hawks (National Basketball Association), Falcons (National Football League), and Dream (Women’s National Basketball Association). In addition, minor league franchises are hosted by a number of Georgia cities. The Atlanta Braves won the city’s only world championship in 1995, when they defeated the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

Augusta, Georgia is home to the Masters - professional golf’s most famous and prestigious event. Atlanta Motor Speedway hosts one of NASCAR’s biggest races each Labor Day weekend. And Georgia became the center of the sports world for two weeks in 1996, when Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympic Games (events were also held in Athens and Savannah, as well as other locales within Georgia).

Georgia is also home to many collegiate sports programs - headed by the state’s flagship university - the University of Georgia. The Bulldogs have won numerous championships, highlighted by the 1980 national championship in football - with a team led by future Heisman trophy winning running back Herschel Walker. Speaking of the Heisman - the man for whom the award is named - John Heisman - once coached at Georgia Tech. Smaller Georgia schools have also been successful - in recent years both Georgia Southern and Valdosta State have won national football championships in their respective divisions, while Augusta State has won a championship in golf. The University of Georgia is also home to championship programs in tennis, golf, and women’s gymnastics.

Wherever one goes in Georgia, you will not be far from a venue to see competitive sports team in action! Explore the links attached to this page to visit the websites of professional sports teams and venues in Georgia, Georgia college and university sports sites, and information on the 1996 Olympics.

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Olympic Rings with UGA Logos
Source: Sam O'Dell, The Anti-Orange Page