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Ex-Bulldog Keith McSwain To Receive Bill Hartman Award



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ATHENS, Ga. --- ­ Keith McSwain, a former Georgia football letterman and the current CEO of McCar Homes, has been named the 2006 recipient of the Bill Hartman Award, one of the highest honors given to a former UGA student-athlete.

McSwain will be presented with the award at Saturday's football game against Alabama-Birmingham.

Named for the late Bill Hartman, Georgia's long-time kicking coach and chairman of the Georgia Student Educational Fund, the Hartman Award has been given annually since 1992 and recognizes former Georgia student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and/or in service to others by 20 or more years of superior performance after graduation. Only former varsity athletes who have received a baccalaureate degree from Georgia can be considered for the award.

McSwain was a member of Georgia's 1980 national championship football team and earned a varsity letter in 1983. He graduated from Georgia in 1985 with a degree in business education and began working with McCar Homes, his family's housing development business, the same year. Since he assumed the role of CEO, he has taken McCar Homes from a revenue of $47 million in 1996 to $550 million in 2005.

"Keith McSwain displayed attributes such as dedication, commitment and perseverance during his time here as a football student-athlete," Director of Athletics Damon Evans said. "He has carried those attributes into his life as a family man and as a businessman to make him successful. Keith has given back so much to his community and to the University of Georgia, and Coach Hartman would be very proud of him. He's well-deserving of this award."

Along with his work as CEO of McCar Homes, McSwain is also on the Board of Directors at Mt. Pisgah Christian School and There's Hope Ministries, and is co-sponsor of the Paul Anderson Youth Home Golf Tournament, one of the largest golf tournaments in the Southeast. McSwain has two daughters, Mandi and Maisie.

"To be a part of one of the best winning teams in UGA history has been an honor that I carry with me every day," McSwain said. "It has helped shape the way I view myself, run my company and interact with business associates, family members and friends every day of my life. Playing football for UGA under Coach (Vince) Dooley taught me to never quit. Even after my days of playing ball were over, I have tried to maintain that positive attitude ­ the desire to stick it out until the end no matter how challenging a situation might be."

Dooley, who keeps in touch with McSwain, remembers him as a student-athlete fondly.

"As a walk-on, he learned to stick to the task and work hard, and I think it certainly built a foundation for his success today," Dooley said. "He stayed with it and showed great character. He's been very successful in his business, and he hasn't forgotten his roots at Georgia. I've been to his home, and there's lots of Georgia in it. He still remembers where he came from. He's a wonderful family man. He's just really grounded, a good Christian and has strong moral character."

Previous Hartman Award winners include former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1992); Atlanta Olympic Committee CEO Billy Payne (1992); former Gov. Carl Sanders (1993); Atlanta developer Tom Cousins (1993); legendary former tennis coach Dan Magill (1994); former high school coach Billy Henderson (1995); former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard (1996); noted amateur golfer Jimmy Gabrielsen (1997); physician Dr. Andy Roddenbery (1998); Athens businessman Hilton Young Jr. (1999); Harvard University Department of Dermatology Chief of Staff Dr. Becky Birchmore Campen (2000); vascular surgeon Dr. Thomas Lawhorne (2001); endoscopic laser surgeon Dr. Thomas Lyons (2002); neurosurgeon and former team physician Dr. Robert E. Dicks III (2003); Atlanta businessman William Young (2004); and longtime juvenile court judge, the Hon. Aaron Cohn (2005).

"I am very honored to be associated with such an esteemed group of successful alumni who have taken what they learned on the ball field and incorporated it into their every day lives," McSwain said. "Their accomplishments, on and off the field, have been an inspiration to me and to be recognized with the likes of such an impressive group is perhaps one of my greatest achievements. To be presented with this award is an accomplishment that I am very proud of, while at the same time I feel very humble."
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