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Black History Month Spotlight - Derrick "Big D" Floyd


While we spend the month of February honoring prominent figures in our Nation’s history, we also feel that it is important to acknowledge our own team members who have had a prominent impact on our local history. 




Derrick Floyd, also known as “Big D”, made his way up to Athens from Miami in the late 1970s after being recruited by the UGA Basketball Team. He was one of the three co-captains for the Bulldogs during the 1982-83 season that landed them in the Final Four. A feat that included a win against UNC, whose starting lineup at the time featured none other than Michael Jordan. Yes, the Michael Jordan.


After wrapping his basketball career at UGA, Derrick worked at the Athens YMCA for about 5 years, before accepting his position at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens in 1989.


When Derrick isn't at the Boys & Girls Club, you might find him taking photos for the Athens Banner-Herald's Spotted section or serving as an undergraduate advisor for the Omega Psi Phi fraternity at UGA.


He's also frequently busy working at just about every home Georgia football and men's and women's basketball game. Since 1995, he's been the official scorer at basketball games and he also works the SEC men's basketball tournament. In the fall, he's on the sideline at Sanford Stadium working with the officials' replay crew.


In 2015, Floyd was the recipient of the UGA Athletic Association's Bill Powell Service Award, which is presented for outstanding service to the UGAAA by non-full-time employees. In 2008, Floyd was one of four recipients of then-UGA President Michael Adams' Fulfilling the Dream Award for community service.

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