For 60 years, Thanksgiving Day was a special day in the history of the Georgia - Georgia Tech rivalry. It was on that day that the Georgia and Georgia Tech freshman football teams, and in later years the junior varsity teams, met at Tech’s Grant Field. The game, played from 1933 to ’93, annually benefited the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital and became a nationally-recognized event.
During those years, freshmen were ineligible and each school played an annual freshman or junior varsity schedule. As such, many who would become the greatest players for both schools were showcased in this annual game.
The charity game had its origin in 1930 when teams representing the northern and southern divisions of the old Southern Conference played an all- star game. In 1933, Georgia coach H.J. Stegeman and Tech coach William Alexander convinced a group of Atlanta businessmen to serve on a committee for the purpose of selling tickets to a freshman game between the two schools. The proceeds were designated to Scottish Rite. The Governor’s Cup was presented each year to the winning team.
The game became a southern tradition and prospered for decades. However, scholarship and roster limitations caused discontinuation of the game in 1993; but in 1994, a “Legends Game” was held to maintain the tradition of the game.
The NCAA, at the schools’ request, agreed to recognize the varsity rivalry and beginning in 1995, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta annually presents the Governor’s Cup to the winning team.
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