ACC Swimmers Participate in Community Connections Program


Student-athletes from ACC Institutions Participate in Q&A Session

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A total of 16 Atlantic Coast Conference swimming student-athletes from eight different schools took part in an ACC Community Connections outreach event Thursday evening before the start of the nightly finals at the 2014 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships.

The student-athletes talked with youth divers from the Greensboro Aquatic Center’s diving program for more than a half of an hour. They introduced the sports of swimming and diving, discussed the sport’s fundamentals and basic rules, talked about life as an ACC student-athlete and answered questions from the elementary school–aged children.

“This was a great opportunity for the student-athletes to interact with those children,” said Duke freshman Jessie Sutherland. “I think all of the student-athletes had a great time, as we got to know more about each other as well.”

The youth divers from the local Greensboro area were able to stay after the program and watch Thursday night’s finals.

The ACC Community Connections Program, now in its fourth full year, takes place at all of the conference's Olympic sport championships. The program aims to get local youth the chance to talk with ACC student-athletes, learn about the sport and attend part of the championship.

Live coverage of the finals on Friday and Saturday can be seen on the ACC Digital Network on starting at 7 p.m. For more on the 2014 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, head to the official website at