ACC Softball Players Participate In Community Connections Programs

Student-athletes from ACC Institutions Participate in Q&A Session

BLACKSBURG, VA. ( – A total of 27 Atlantic Coast Conference softball student-athletes from five different schools took part in an ACC Community Connections outreach event Thursday morning before the start of the 2015 ACC Softball Championship.

“I thought this event was amazing,” said Pittsburgh senior center fielder, Carly Thea. “I think it’s a really good way to bring teams and kids together and really enhance their knowledge about our sport.”

The student-athletes taught 70 third graders from Margaret Beeks Elementary School basic skills and divided them into four teams. The elementary students were then able to showcase their newly acquired skills in two mini softball games. They also had the opportunity to ask questions to the ACC softball players ranging from how much practice it took to become a collegiate softball player to what subjects each student-athlete studies in school.

“I think that softball is a great way to connect with people especially because it is a team sport,” added Thea. “I believe this event really brought out some great energy, and it was just a lot of fun for both the kids and the teams. For the ACC to do something like this is really special, and I really enjoyed it.”

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 provide local youth the chance to talk with ACC student-athletes, learn about the sport and attend part of the championship.