Football at UNG…temporarily

UNG served as a safe haven from Hurricane Irma for members of the Savannah State University football program this fall.


Football players, coaches, trainers, two public safety officers, and two bus drivers from Savannah State arrived at UNG’s Dahlonega Campus a day after their Sept. 9 game against Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. More than 100 team members stayed on the Dahlonega Campus as Irma swept across Florida and Georgia.

UNG’s five campuses were closed Sept. 11 – 12 because of the severe weather associated with Irma and its aftermath. On the Dahlonega Campus, residence halls and the dining hall remained open to serve the residential students, including the contingent from Savannah State.

Soon after the team’s arrival, defensive back Anthony Hunt, a senior from Jacksonville, Florida, majoring in homeland security and emergency management, showed his appreciation via social media.

“The University of North Georgia is showing great hospitality already,” Hunt said via Twitter. “We really appreciate it!”

The men stayed in Lewis Annex, a residence hall that was not housing students because of planned renovations.

“The renovation had not yet begun, which made it available to assist these student-athletes,” said Alyson Paul, assistant vice president of student affairs and dean of students at the Dahlonega Campus.

The female trainers with the football program stayed in Patriot Hall, in space normally reserved for international cadets who are visiting UNG said Treva Smith, UNG residence life director.