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Jack Turner, AΔ '53, Softball Stadium to be Dedicated Wednesday

Tuesday, April 26, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Jack Turner, AΔ '53, Softball Stadium to be Dedicated Wednesday

Athens, GA - A ceremony officially dedicating the University of Georgia Jack Turner Softball Stadium will take place Wednesday, April 27 prior to the Bulldogs game against Kennesaw State.

A reception for the dedication of the Jack Turner Softball Stadium, named for the late Jack Turner thanks in part to gifts from himself and his son Jimmy Turner, will take place at 5:30 p.m. with the dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting at 6:15 p.m. followed by the game at 6:30 p.m.

"Jack Turner was one of UGA's most loyal alumni and supporters, and I am very pleased that his family has chosen to honor his legacy in this way," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "Great public universities enjoy high levels of private support for their academic and athletic programs, and Jack and his family have served the University of Georgia in a variety of ways. This naming is a fitting tribute to the lasting impact he has had here."

Jack Turner Stadium is a part of the Turner Family Sports Complex, which is also home to the Georgia Bulldogs soccer team and the Turner Soccer Complex.

"This dedication is a great way to honor one of the extraordinary supporters of our athletic program in Jack Turner and his family," said UGA Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. "His fingerprints are on so many activities, programs, facilities, and history of our Athletic Association. This is certainly an appropriate way to further recognize and pay tribute to the legacy of one of our greatest Bulldogs."

One of the premier softball facilities in the county, the Bulldogs have played in the multi-million dollar facility since the start of the 2004 season compiling an impressive 234-42 record. The stadium holds close to 1,400 fans with additional standing room and features the best amenities possible, and it has been chosen to host three NCAA Regionals and one NCAA Super Regional since its inception. The Bulldogs hold a 17-4 record in postseason play at Jack Turner Stadium.

"We are extremely thankful and truly blessed for the support we have received from such a wonderful family in the Turner's," said UGA softball head coach Lu Harris-Champer. "Being able to play in a fan-friendly, state-of-the-art stadium has aided in creating one of the best home field advantages in the country. Additionally, having the great home facility that we do helps build confidence and is a point of pride among our student-athletes."

Both the Georgia and visiting team dugouts are connected via tunnel to locker rooms. The Bulldogs' team area has all the needed facilities — an athletic training room, players' lounge, game room, locker room, showers, and the coaches' offices and coaches' locker room. On the first base side, the visiting team has its locker room and showers along with the umpires' locker room. A state-of-the-art press box was built as well, and the press box has suites for radio, television, and for both Georgia and the visiting team's athletic director. The stadium is finished with an awning covering the upper section.

Jack Turner was named to the University of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees in 1999, where he has served as an active member of the Investment Committee. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1953 with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Finance and was a Brother of Chi Psi, the Air Force ROTC and Gridiron. As an athlete he was a letterman in both baseball and basketball.

Following graduation, he served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and after serving his country embarked on a professional career in the financial services industry. Jack was president and retired as chairman of the board of American Funds Distributors, a subsidiary of the American Funds Group, based in Los Angeles in 1995.

What has followed could not be characterized as a "quiet retirement." Jack dedicated much of his retirement years to the University of Georgia. He served as the Director of the Georgia Student Educational Fund, an Executive Committee member and Director of the UGA National Alumni Association, a board member of the UGA Athletic Association, Chairman of the UGA Athletic Association Finance Committee, Chairman of the Georgia Athletic Association Student Athletic Scholarship Endowment Fund, a founding member and partner in the President's Club and a member of the Heritage Society.

In addition, Jack founded the Turner Family Foundation, a private organization that supports local charities. In 1999, he was honored by the National Football Hall of Fame for his outstanding support of amateur football and in 2002 was part of the inaugural class of inductees to the UGA Athletic Association's "Circle of Distinction," honoring his service to the organization. The Terry College of Business honored him in 2002 as a "Distinguished Alumnus" for his longtime service to the school.

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