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On May 8, 1953, the Atlantic Coast Conference was formed at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. In the intervening 49 years, the league has come a long way since those early days developing into a national leader in intercollegiate athletics. This coming year, the 2002-2003 season, the Conference will celebrate its 50th birthday in style. A series of events have been planned to commemorate the ACC 50 years of excellence in intercollegiate athletics. Fiftieth Anniversary Teams will be selected in all of the conferences sports and a Top 50 overall men's and women's list will be chosen by a Blue Ribbon Committee of media, coaches, administrators and veteran observers of the Conference.
The Celebration officially begins at this summer's ACC Football Kickoff at Pinehurst, with the culminating event - the ACC's 50th Anniversary Gala - planned for the second week in March, midway between the ACC's Women's and Men's Basketball Tournaments in Greensboro. Detailed information is available in this flyer, but also can be obtained by accessing the ACC's official website - TheACC.COM.
ACC 50th Anniversary Gala
One of the highlights of the ACC year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration will be the 50th Anniversary Gala event, a once-in-a-lifetime, professionally produced ESPY's-style show, which will be held on Wednesday, March 12, in the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. The two-hour show will feature the great stories of the past 50 years of the Atlantic Coast Conference, featuring the coaches, the athletes and the administrators who created the ACC's history and heritage. A key component of the evening will be the announcement of the Top 10 Male and Female Athletes in ACC history.
ACC 50th Anniversary Celebration Official Schedule of Events
July 23, 2002
Announcement of Schedule of Events
50th Anniversary Football Team
ACC Football Kickoff, Pinehurst, N.C.
July 31-September 26, 2002
Announcement of 50th Anniversary Teams, all sports
|Football||July 23 (Tue.)|
|Men's Cross Country||July 30 (Tue.)|
|Women's Cross Country||July 31 (Wed.)|
|Volleyball||Aug. 1 (Thu.)|
|Women's Golf||Aug. 6 (Tue.)|
|Men's Golf||Aug. 7 (Wed.)|
|Field Hockey||Aug. 8 (Thu.)|
|Men's Soccer||Aug. 13 (Tue.)|
|Women's Soccer||Aug. 14 (Wed.)|
|Wrestling||Aug. 15 (Thu.)|
|Men's Swimming||Aug. 20 (Tue.)|
|Women's Swimming||Aug. 21 (Wed.)|
|Women's Gymnastics||Aug. 22 (Thu.)|
|Men's Lacrosse||Aug. 27 (Tue.)|
|Women's Lacrosse||Aug. 28 (Wed.)|
|Women's Rowing||Aug. 29 (Thu.)|
|Women's Tennis||Sept. 3 (Tue.)|
|Men's Tennis||Sept. 4 (Wed.)|
|Softball||Sept. 5 (Thu.)|
|Men's Track & Field||Sept. 17 (Tue.)|
|Women's Track & Field||Sept. 18 (Wed.)|
|Men's Fencing||Sept. 19 (Thu.)|
|Baseball||Sept. 24 (Tue.)|
|Women's Basketball||Sept. 25 (Wed.)|
|Men's Basketball||Sept. 26 (Thu.)|
September 14-November 16, 2002
ACC Schools Hold On-Campus Celebrations
* click on school name for more info
September 14: * NC State (Wake Forest at NC State football game)
September 21: Clemson (Ball State at Clemson football game)
September 28: * North Carolina (Georgia Tech at UNC football game)
October 5: * Duke (Virginia at Duke football game)
October 12: * Wake Forest (Duke at Wake Forest football game)
October 26: Florida State (Notre Dame at FSU football game)
Nov. 9: * Maryland (NC State at Maryland football game)
Nov. 16: Virginia (NC State at Virginia football game)
Nov. 16: Georgia Tech (Duke at Georgia Tech football game)
December 1, 2002
50th Anniversary DVD/Book Release
"Golden Glory -- The first Fifty Years of the ACC." The list price is $39.95.
VHS/DVD: Features in-depth highlights and interviews from several sports and athletes celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the ACC.
GIFT PACKAGE: VHS or DVD plus collector's edition hard-cover coffee table book with wonderful stories from 50 years of the ACC.
TO ORDER, PLEASE CALL: 877-ACC50-11
VHS: $19.99 + $4.95 S&H = $24.94
DVD: $24.99 + $4.95 S&H = $29.94 (DVD has 45 minutes of bonues coverage)
GIFT PACKAGE: $50.00 + $9.95 = $59.95
December 2, 2002
Bank of America ACC Football Awards Banquet
Also honoring the 50th Anniversary Football Team
Atlanta Hilton & Towers, Atlanta, GA
March 7-10, 2003
ACC Women's Basketball Tournament
Women's 50th Anniversary Team Honored at halftime of 2 p.m. quarterfinal game
March 8, 2003
50th Anniversary Team Awards Brunch/University Day, 11:30 a.m.
50th Anniversary Gala Event
Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 8 p.m.
March 13-16, 2003
ACC Men's Basketball Tournament
Men's 50th Anniversary Team Honored
50th Anniversary Legends Brunch, Saturday March 15
May 8, 2003
Greensboro 50th Anniversary Commemoration