@ACCSoftball Student-Athletes Participate in Community Connections Program


Student-athletes from ACC institutions participate in teaching session

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Atlantic Coast Conference softball student-athletes participated in an ACC Community Connections outreach event Thursday morning before the start of the 2014 ACC Softball Championship.

Thirty-two student athletes from seven institutions met with more than 120 elementary students and introduced the sport of softball and its basic rules. They set up multiple activity stations where they led drills on softball fundamentals, such as throwing and running the bases.

“This was a pretty awesome event since we were able to do it in the environment surrounding the ACC Championship,” said Shirley Daniels, an All-ACC Third Team outfielder from Syracuse. “It was really cool to get the opportunity to teach these kids the game of softball, along with meeting student-athletes from other teams.”

The students, fourth graders through sixth graders from Paint Branch Elementary, a local College Park, Maryland, school, were able to stay after the program and watch Florida State take on Georgia Tech in the first game of the day.

The ACC will donate commemorative books to the school’s library during Saturday’s championship game.

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 change to talk with ACC student-athletes, learn about the sport and attend part of the championship, and to donate books to the schools’ libraries.