ACC Men’s Soccer Community Connections

CARY, N.C. – Ten current men’s soccer student-athletes took part in an ACC Community Connections outreach events Friday morning before the start of the 2014 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship. 

“It’s a blast to come out here,” said Notre Dame defender Andrew O’Malley, a graduate student and a member of the 2014 All-ACC Third Team. “All of the kids are very excited and everyone is having a good time.”

The players met and talked with 50  students from Kingswood Elementary School before the semifinals, held Friday evening at Cary’s WakeMed Soccer Park.. The student-athletes talked with the fifth graders about the importance of keeping good grades and doing well in school in order to play sports in college, their favorite soccer players, and the challenges they faced as soccer student-athletes.

“We talked [with the students] about where we came from and a lot about how important school is, which is probably less fun for them but is equally as important as soccer,” said O’Malley. 

The student-athletes broke the fifth graders into groups and introduced basic soccer drills, before donating books to the school for use in its library.

The ACC Community Connections Program, now in its fifth full year, takes place at all of the conference's Olympic sport championships. The program aims to get local elementary students the chance to talk with ACC student-athletes and learn about the sport.

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