ACC, United Way of Central Carolinas Partner to Support Reading & Attendance

Five-year ACC-United Way partnership set in conjunction with Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference has partnered with the United Way of Central Carolinas on a five-year agreement in support of a youth-education based charitable initiative associated with the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.

The partnership focuses on improving reading proficiency and attendance, key components to raising the high school graduation rate for at-risk students.

“We’re proud to join United Way of Central Carolinas’ efforts to increase graduation, literacy and attendance rates – causes which mean so much to the Atlantic Coast Conference and our members,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This initiative builds upon our league’s 20 year partnership with United Way and continues our efforts toward making a difference in the communities that host ACC Championships.”

“When the ACC approached us about working together, we quickly embraced the opportunity to have them partner on our initiative focused on high school graduation,” said Sean Garrett, United Way’s executive director. “The stature of the ACC will help bring greater community involvement in United Way’s work, and it makes perfect sense to collaborate with a conference comprised of the very colleges where many of our youth will aspire to attend after graduation.”

The ACC/United Way Reading and Attendance Challenge is the centerpiece of the initiative and includes area students and their parents or guardians, through the United Way Partner Agencies in Mecklenburg Cabarrus, Anson, Union and the Mooresville/Lake Norman area. Those children who read the most books or have the best attendance during the challenge period at their agency will be provided with an all-expenses covered outing to the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game and will be recognized on the field at Bank of America Stadium during a timeout.

United Way of Central Carolinas creates change for a stronger community – from Charlotte/ Mecklenburg to Cabarrus, Mooresville/Lake Norman, Union and Anson – by focusing on Children & Youth, Housing & Stability, and Health & Mental Health. To get help, call United Way’s 211 hotline, or to learn how you can help, visit