ACC Tennis Players Participate In Community Connections Program

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

CARY, N.C. ( – A total of 13 Atlantic Coast Conference tennis student-athletes and coaches from four different schools took part in an ACC Community Connections outreach event Wednesday morning before the start of the 2015 ACC Tennis Championship.

The student-athletes and coaches taught basic tennis drills to 50 first graders from Green Hope Elementary School. They also answered questions ranging from when the student-athletes started playing tennis to what their favorite tennis shot to execute is.

“The energy of the kids was actually fun to work with,” said Pally Ray of Louisville men’s tennis. “They were really fun and asked a lot of good questions.”

“It was great to see the kids’ excitement when they actually hit a shot over the net,” added NC State women’s tennis player Ashleigh Capannolo. 

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.

A live video stream will be available on ESPN3 for the Saturday semifinal that has the highest remaining seed and Sunday’s championship match, with Shawn Kenney handling play-by-play and Brian Clark adding analysis.