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McMinn Chosen As Recipient Of 2008 Bill Hartman Award



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ATHENS, Ga. Dr. Kathy McMinn, the former gymnast who was the first Georgia student-athlete to be named All-American four straight years, has been chosen as the 2008 recipient of the Bill Hartman Award.

Named for the late Bill Hartman, Georgia’s long-time kicking coach and chairman of the Georgia Student Educational Fund, the Hartman Award is one of the highest honors given to a former UGA student-athlete. The Hartman Award has been presented 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.
 
McMinn, currently serving as a pulmonary and critical care specialist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, will be presented with the award at the Georgia-Alabama football game on Saturday, Sept. 27.

"Kathy McMinn epitomized the true meaning of student-athlete’ while at the University of Georgia,” UGA Director of Athletics Damon Evans said. “She not only performed to an All-American level in gymnastics, but she was an All-American in the classroom. Kathy took advantage of her opportunities to continue her education in medical school.  Today she is an accomplished and well-respected physician. We are proud of Kathy, and we are so happy that we will be recognizing her with the 2008 Bill Hartman Award.”

McMinn earned her first All-America honor on vault in 1981, then was an All-American in the all-around, vault, bars and floor in 1982; in the all-around and floor in 1983; and in vault and floor in 1984. During her senior year, the Anniston, Ala., native set four of the possible five school records in individual events. In her career, she won seven individual Southeastern Conference championships and five individual region titles.

McMinn also earned Academic All-America honors four years in a row and was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She won the Marilyn Vincent Award as UGA’s graduating female student-athlete with the highest grade point average. After graduating Cum Laude with a degree in biochemistry from Georgia, McMinn used her scholarship to attend medical school at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

    In 1998, she joined the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, where she serves as a pulmonary and critical care specialist, spending a majority of her time treating patients in the intensive care unit.

Each year, the Kathy McMinn Award is presented to the Georgia gymnast who best exemplifies competitive consistency.

“I was so excited to hear that Kathy had been selected as the recipient of the Bill Hartman Award,” Georgia gymnastics coach Suzanne Yoculan said. “As a member of my first team, she filled her time with hard work and commitment to the University, both as a student and as an athlete.  It has been a pleasure to see that dedication continue in her professional career. She certainly has distinguished herself and deserves this award.”

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); longtime juvenile court judge, the Hon. Aaron Cohn (2005); housing developer Keith McSwain (2006); and Athens transportation executive Mack H. Guest III.

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