ACC Enters the 13th Year of the Community School Program

More than 12,000 students will attend the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament over two days.

GREENSBORO, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference enters its 13th year of the “ACC Community School Day Program,” which will culminate by allowing more than 12,000 enthusiastic students - representing 12 county schools districts - to attend the 2016 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.

This educational partnership was created and developed in 2004 and now includes a broad based elementary and middle school curriculum guide. The curriculum and lesson plans relate to ACC Women’s Basketball and are available to teachers in physical education, science, social studies, math, language arts and character development. Approved lesson plans are posted on

Capping off the year-long program, students and teachers have the opportunity to attend the ACC Women’s Tournament. The Thursday, March 3 game at 11:00 a.m. is designated as the Elementary School Day Game, and will welcome approximately 6,500 elementary students. The Friday, March 4 11:00 a.m. game is designated as the Middle School Day Game, and will expect 6,200 middle school students to participate. The schools in attendance will represent 12 different counties – Guilford, Forsyth, Rockingham, Alamance, Orange, Randolph, Davidson, Davie, Surry, Wake, Cabarrus, and Yadkin. Private school and home school students will be in attendance as well.

PTA Members from participating schools have also been invited to the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament. During PTA Night on Friday, March 4 PTAs that sell tickets to Mascot Night will have the opportunity to play “Simon Sez” during halftime of the 6 p.m. game. The winner will receive a $1,000 Food Lion gift card for his or her school. The two schools who sell the most tickets will also have the opportunity to participate in a mascot relay race at halftime of the 8 p.m. game. The winner will receive a $1,000 Food Lion gift card for their school.

In addition to school attendance at the Tournament, the No. 15 seed in the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament will visit an elementary school on Tuesday, March 1 as part of the Greensboro News & Record’s Newspapers in Education (NIE) program presented by the Official Corporate Champions of the ACC. The school visited will be the winner of the NIE “ACC Team Spirit” mural contest. Top grade winners will also receive free tickets to ACC Mascot Night and other ACC prizes.

Newspapers in Education is an international cooperative effort among newspapers to help raise civic-minded young readers. It began back in the 1930s when New York City teachers started requesting newspapers to include in their curriculum. Each day, hundreds of newspapers are delivered to Triad area schools through the News & Record NIE program. Teachers use the newspapers as a tool to educate children about the community and help promote literacy.


2016 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament: The 2016 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be played March 2-6 in the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 15-team tournament will be capped off by the ACC Championship game at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, which will be nationally televised on ESPN. To purchase tickets and for more information on the full week of ACC festivities visit