ACC Mascots to Visit with TAPS Families

Outreach event during New York Life ACC Tournament took place at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

GREENSBORO, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference mascots visited with families through the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) on Monday, March 7 before the New York Life ACC Tournament in Washington D.C.

During the visit at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, families had an ice cream party, participate in basketball drills and had the opportunity to have their photo taken with their favorite ACC mascots.

"For so many TAPS families, watching basketball with their loved one was a favorite pastime," said TAPS President and Founder and 2015 Medal of Freedom Recipient Bonnie Carroll. "We are so grateful to work with New York Life Foundation to create a special experience to help children of America's fallen make new memories, complete with ACC mascots and an ice cream social, as they enjoy March Madness."

TAPS was created in 1994 following the tragic loss two years earlier of a military plane over the skies of Juneau, Alaska. Military families organized support groups among themselves, which grew into the national veterans’ service organization it is today. They offer the national event on Memorial Day weekend, camps for kids in various locations throughout the year, a 24/7 crisis hotline, a national peer support network, grief counseling referrals, and educational resources. They are based in Washington, DC. TAPS receives no government funding and provides free services for grieving military families. More than 25,000 family members have been served since TAPS began.

“New York Life is proud to partner with the ACC and TAPS to bring this memorable event to the children and families of America’s military heroes,” said George Nichols III, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs, New York Life. “This partnership is a natural fit for us and our tradition of service and humanity.”

The New York Life Foundation, the company’s charitable arm, has partnered with TAPS since 2012. The Foundation has provided nearly $2 million in support to the nonprofit since the relationship began. TAPS is the only U.S. nonprofit veterans’ service organization chartered solely to assist the families of military members who have died while serving our nation.

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2016 New York Life ACC Tournament: The 2016 New York Life ACC Tournament will be played March 8-12 in the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The tournament will begin on Tuesday and will conclude with a primetime championship game on Saturday. All games will be nationally televised by ESPN and the ACC Network. For more information on the full week of ACC festivities visit theACC.com/ACCTourney.