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Student-athletes visit third-graders at Spark Matsunaga
GERMANTOWN, Md. – Spark Matsunaga Elementary School was the setting Friday morning as Atlantic Coast Conference men’s soccer student-athletes met with local students as part of the league’s “Community Connections” program.
"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. Seven ACC student-athletes – two each from fourth-ranked Maryland and 10th-ranked Virginia, and three from top-ranked Notre Dame – treated third-graders to skills drills and a question-and-answer session.
“I think it is important that we support the kids in the community, because they come out and support us,” Notre Dame freshman defender Matt Habrowski said. “This is a way of teaching soccer skills and healthy, active lifestyles to the kids.”
Under the players guidance, the Matsunaga Elementary students participated in drills that focused on dribbling and passing, and also engaged in impromptu 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 matches.
“Even though these might not be ‘our fans, I think it is important that we give back to the community and hopefully inspires these students to continue to play soccer or, if not, just to find ways to play new games with their friends and have fun,” Notre Dame sophomore defender Michael Shipp said.