ACC Track & Field Reaches Out Through Community Connections Program


Seventeen elementary school students participate in drills, meet with conference student-athletes

CLEMSON, S.C. – Nineteen Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes from nine different schools took part in an ACC Community Connections outreach event Thursday morning before the start of day two of the 2014 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The student-athletes worked with 17 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from Blue Ridge Elementary School in Clemson. The students are part of a group known as the “Blue Ridge Runners,” who are walking two days a week during the school year with the goal of accumulating enough distance to equal a marathon (26.2 miles).

The students participated in three stations of running drills, stretching and mini hurdles during Thursday morning’s initiative. The student-athletes also spoke on the importance of sportsmanship and team camaraderie. The ACC will make a presentation of books to the Blue Ridge Elementary reading program during Saturday’s final session.

“It was a great experience to reach out to the community and participate in an activity outside of competing,” Virginia sophomore jumper Jessica Caldwell said. ‘It was great to expose the kids to the proper work ethic and what it takes to compete at this level.”

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.

The 2014 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships resumed on Friday at 11 a.m. Qualifying will be held in the running events, in addition to the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon, and  the finals in the men’s and women’s high jump, the men’s and women’s weight throw and the men’s and women’s long jump. The session will conclude with men’s and women’s 5,000-meter finals.

ESPN3 will provide live coverage, beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday thought conclusion of that evening’s session, and on Saturday from noon until the conclusion of the Championship and the awards ceremony.  Veteran Jerry Massey will call the play-by-play, with John Wilkerson handling production.

There is no charge for admission. The ESPN3 live stream coverage may be accessed through the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship page: .

Live results can be accessed at, and additional information will be available at @ACCTrackField and Tags #ACCITF on Twitter.