@ACCTrackField Reaches Out Through Community Connections Program


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

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (theACC.com) – Eleven Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes from eight schools took part in an ACC Community Connections outreach event Thursday morning before the start of the 2014 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The student-athletes worked with 100 fourth-graders from nearby New Hope Elementary School.  The students participated in a track clinic that included stretching, plyometrics and relays.  The ACC will make a presentation of 15 books to the New Hope Elementary reading program during Saturday’s final session. A Q&A and autograph session with the student-athletes followed.

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 second day of ACC Championships competition begins Friday at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s javelin throw. Finals are also set in the men’s and women’s shot put, women’s pole vault and men’s high jump, as well as the completions of the women’s heptathlon and men’s decathlon.  Preliminaries are set in seven running events, and the day’s schedule will conclude with the final in the women’s 3000 steeplechase at 7:30 p.m., followed by the men’s final at 8 p.m. There is no charge for admission.

ESPN3 plans live Friday coverage from 4:30 through 8: 30 p.m. with veteran announcer Jerry Massey provided the play-by-by play. The broadcast can also be accessed at theACC.com. Live results will be available throughout the Championship at http://theacc.co/OTFlivestats.

For complete coverage of the 2014 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, visit http://theacc.co/OTFchamp.