@ACCFieldHockey Community Connections

​Current ACC field hockey athletes met with local elementary students

NEWTON, Mass. (TheACC.com) – Nine Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey team representatives from four different schools took part in an ACC Community Connections outreach event Thursday morning before the start of the 2013 ACC Field Hockey Championship.

“Seeing the smiles on each one of these girls’ faces is great,” said Boston College freshman back Alexa Brazauskas. “This is how we can grow our sport, and by introducing these girls at a young age, it can only benefit them.”

The student-athletes hosted a field hockey clinic for a total of 30 first-, second- and third-grade students from St. Columbkille Partnership School. They met with the students and introduced the basics of the rules, game format, and equipment used. In addition, they discussed life as an ACC student-athlete and answered questions from the 30 students in attendance.

“I love being a part of youth development,” said Wake Forest sophomore midfielder Madi Julius. “It is crucial for these girls to start playing at an early age. If we expose them to field hockey now, it will only help our game grow.”

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 elementary students the chance to talk with ACC student-athletes, learn about the sport, and to donate books to the schools' libraries.

“This is a great experience for each of these young girls and our student-athletes,” said Assistant Director of Championships Ashley Champigny. “Introducing a sport like field hockey to these girls at a young age is something that is very beneficial to them. We are also very thankful that our student-athletes are willing be active in the community and participate in opportunities like this.”

ACC fans will be able to watch all six games of the championship. On Thursday, all three matches will be streamed live online on theACC.com and on ESPN3, and is also available on the WatchESPN mobile application. The semifinals on Friday and the final on Sunday will be broadcast on FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and NESN in the ACC footprint.

For additional information, visit the ACC Field Hockey Championship page at http://theacc.co/FHChamp.