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Student-athletes make a return trip to Kingswood Elementary
CARY, N.C. – Kingswood Elementary School is becoming a regular stop for Atlantic Coast Conference women’s soccer student-athletes, who once again reached out to local students as part of the “Community Connections” program on Friday morning.
"ACC Community Connections" is the official outreach program of the ACC. Its purpose is to present life lessons to elementary and middle school students in the communities in which the league holds ACC Championships. This marks the sixth straight year that Kingswood as served a host school in conjunction with an ACC Soccer Championship.
“It was really awesome to come out here today and give back to the community,” Virginia forward Kaili Torres said. “It doesn’t seem that along ago that we were the same age as these little kids, getting excited about the game and athletics.”
Florida State midfielders Ari Sarkisian and Yulie Lopez joined Torres and Virginia midfielder Nicole Johnson at Kingswood. The players, whose teams are in Cary for this weekend’s ACC Women’s Championship at nearby WakeMed Soccer Park, were joined by FSU graduate assistant Courtney Costello and other ACC school and conference personnel.
Under the direction of Costello and the four players, the Kingswood students participated in station drills that focused on dribbling, passing, stretching and ball-handling.
“I love soccer, and I think it’s really important to pass along what I love to play,” Lopez said. “Hopefully the kids enjoy playing it as well.”