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April 25, 2013
CARY, N.C. - For approximately 50 Green Hope Elementary second-graders, Thursday's school day began with a bit of learning outside of the classroom.
The setting was the Stadium Court at Cary Tennis Park, a short walk from the school and the site of the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's and Women's Tennis Championships.
The theme was "fundamentals of tennis," and students from Sue Sigmond's and Steve Gurssliin's physical education classes learned tennis basics from some of the ACC's best. In addition to the student-athletes and coaches, Cary Tennis Park tennis program coordinator Reid Kinlaw and tennis pro Rob Peterson also took part in Thursday's session.
For the fourth-straight year, ACC tennis came up strong in the league's outreach program, "ACC Community Connections," which is aimed at teaching life lessons to elementary and middle school students in the communities in which the league's student-athletes compete in their end-of-the-season ACC Championships.
Student-athletes and coaches from the North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest teams took part in Thursday morning's program, which featured a skills drill, one-on-one instruction group work. The students from Green Hope Elementary were invited to observe the 9 a.m. tournament matches.