ACC Student-Athletes Participate in Community Connections Program

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

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Community Connections initiative continued in full force last week at the 2015 ACC Field Hockey and Women’s Soccer Championships, with student-athletes from both sports participating in outreach events.

Nine current ACC Field Hockey student-athletes visited Burley Elementary School in Charlottesville, Virginia, last Thursday morning before the start of the 2015 ACC Field Hockey Championship. 

“I think it is awesome that the ACC takes the time and the effort and the energy to give back,” said North Carolina senior Emma Bozek. “I know personally as an athlete who has benefitted so much from the NCAA and the ACC, it’s nice to know that I can return the favor and help out a local middle school.”

The players met and talked with around 80 students before Thursday’s quarterfinal round. The student-athletes talked with the middle schoolers about the importance of keeping good grades and doing well in school in order to play sports in college, how sports have impacted their lives in a positive way and what they want to do after college.

The student-athletes then broke the middle schoolers into groups and introduced basic field hockey drills, while also teaching them their respective school cheers.

ACC Women’s Soccer student-athletes and school staff members took part in a similar initiative prior to the start of Friday’s semifinal round in Cary, North Carolina. A total of 10 players and staff from Clemson, Florida State and Virginia visited Kingswood Elementary School, where they met with 55 fifth-graders. Soccer skill drills, as well as Q&A sessions, were the main attraction.

Kingswood Elementary has been a regular Community Connections stop for ACC Community Connections since the program’s creation in 2010.

The ACC Community Connections Program, now in its sixth full year, takes place at all of the conference's Olympic sport championships. The program aims to present life lessons to elementary and middle school students in the communities in which the league holds ACC Championships.