Parents of Junior Eagles Have Chance to Win $529 for College Savings

STATESBORO, Ga. – Georgia Southern Athletics and Path2College 529 Plan have entered into a corporate partner relationship, bringing added visibility this year to the Junior Eagle Club and an opportunity for parents to win $529 toward their Junior Eagles’ college savings.

The core initiative behind the Path2College-Georgia Southern partnership is to bolster awareness of the importance of college planning and saving among Eagles’ fans, alumni and the community. Path2College 529 Plan will serve as co-sponsor of the Junior Eagle Club for the 2018-19 collegiate athletic season. The Club is open to the youngest Eagles’ fans, boys and girls ages four to 12. Memberships are available for $25 each year, enabling each Junior Eagle many benefits throughout the year, including free admission to select GS athletics events, invitations to Junior Eagle Club parties and opportunities to meet GS student-athletes during autograph sessions. Each person who signs up for the Junior Eagle Club will be entered to win $529 for college savings, which will be presented once during the year, to one winner.

“We’re excited to support the Eagles this year who have an incredibly passionate and loyal Georgia Southern fan base,” said Caylee Noggle, Interim President of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which partners with the Office of the State Treasurer to administer the Path2College 529 Plan for the state of Georgia. “Thinking about planning and saving for college can often be overwhelming for parents, and it’s our hope to provide as much information as possible to help them understand Georgia’s Path2College 529 plan and to help one family with a financial start. We are thrilled to be involved with the Junior Eagle Club, and we are looking forward to talking with many parents over the course of the year.”

As a GS Athletics corporate partner, Path2College also will be the presenting partner of Field Trip Day, when elementary and middle school kids from Bulloch County come on campus to watch the Georgia Southern women’s basketball team play the College of Coastal Georgia on Friday, December 14. The kids signed up for the Field Trip Day will also be entered to win the $529 toward their college savings.

Those interested in signing up or learning more about the Junior Eagle Club, specifics on becoming a member, as well as a complete list of benefits, can visit the Club’s dedicated page on the official athletics website,

“We’re grateful for the ongoing commitment we receive from our Georgia Southern Athletics corporate partners, and we appreciate Path2College supporting us this year,” said Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein. “I know Path2College has been working alongside our Georgia Southern Sports Properties team to come up with innovative ways to be involved and provide information to our fans that is incredibly beneficial. We’re happy to have them on board.”

Georgia Southern Sports Properties is Learfield’s local team in Statesboro. An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. In addition to Georgia Southern, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape and supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup. The company also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.

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