March 19, 2012
ATHENS, Ga.—University of Georgia track and field/cross country senior J.P. Hackney was recently named the overall male recipient for the Peach of an Athlete award by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Hackney is among 12 collegiate student-athletes statewide to be honored, and he will be recognized with the other award recipients at the Cobb Energy Centre on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. He is the second-consecutive member of the Bulldog track team to win the award after Bridget Lyons garnered the honor in 2011.
The Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America annually holds the Peach of an Athlete Role Model Banquet, an event designed to honor students who excel in academics, athletics and service to the community. Now in its 28th year, the banquet recognizes amateur and professional athletes who live their lives with the same values as the Scouting program. The goal of the banquet is to raise funds for the Boy Scouts, while honoring amateur and professional athletes who daily provide a positive role model for area youth.
A native of Marietta, Ga., Hackney is majoring in History with plans to attend law school and holds a 3.75 GPA. In 2011, Hackney took eighth in the 10,000-meter run at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships as the Bulldogs finished third on their home track and was second in the 5000 at the War Eagle Invite. In 2010, he finished third in the 3000 at the Georgia Invitational and second in the 5000 at the Spec Towns Invitational. Hackney's 2009 season was highlighted with a sixth place finish in the 5000 at the Georgia Relays.
The 2011 Bulldog cross country captain helped lead Georgia to its first NCAA Cross Country Championship berth since 2004. Not only did the Bulldogs finish third at the SEC Cross Country Championships in his final fall season, but the cross country team grabbed the top SEC finish at the national meet.
A UGA Dean’s List recipient, Hackney was named to the 2009 All-SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll before also finding his name on the 2010 and 2011 SEC Academic Honor Rolls. He received the Joel Eaves Scholar-Athlete Award during one of the 2011 Bulldog football games for being the male student-athlete at UGA with the highest GPA entering his senior year. After serving a term in 2010-11 as the Vice President of Phi Alpha Theta, which is the History Honors Society, Hackney took over as President of the organization for 2011-12.
Between his time on the track or trails or in the classroom, Hackney has also been a leader during his time in Athens and was named to the 2011 SEC Community Service Team and participated in the 2011 UGAAA Leadership Academy. Hackney has volunteered for multiple programs, including Y4C Program at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Adopt-a-Family Thanksgiving Fundraiser for Barrow Elementary School, SEC Together We CAN Food Drive, Special Olympics, campus coat drive, Christmas cards for soldiers overseas and Toys for Tots. He also served as co-President of the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Hackney earned the Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America and was named to the UGA 2011-12 Coca-Cola Community All-America team.
In addition, Hackney is a living historian who travels throughout the Southeast, focusing on Native American stories and re-enactments.