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April 26, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (theACC.com) – Eleven Atlantic Coast Conference lacrosse student-athletes from four different schools and four coaches took part in an ACC Community Connects outreach event Friday before the start of the semifinals at the 2013 ACC Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Championships.
The student-athletes and coaches introduced the sport of lacrosse with the students from the local Chapel Hill area. They talked about different techniques and the basic rules, and about life as an ACC student-athlete.
“Doing events like this, it really means a lot to me,” said Reid Maxmin, a freshman midfielder for Duke. “When I was growing up, all of these players were my heroes and I feel like this is a great way for me to give back.”
The elementary students, third and fifth graders from Frank Porter Graham Elementary, were able to stay after the program and watch part of Thursday’s semifinal action.
“It helps us keep perspective on what is important,” said Boston College head coach Acacia Walker. ”It is good to teach the students the importance of academics and studying, and allows us to be around young kids and learn some lessons ourselves.”
The ACC Community Connections Program, now in its third full year, takes place at all of the conference's Olympic sport championships. The program aims to get local youth the chance to talk with ACC student-athletes, learn about the sport and attend part of the championship.
The 2013 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship gets underway Friday with the semifinals at 5 and 7:30 p.m. at Kenan Stadium at the University of North Carolina. The championship game will be held Sunday at 1 p.m., and all three games can be seen on ESPNU. For more information on the ACC Championship, visit: http://theacc.co/MLaxChamp.
The 2013 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship concludes on Sunday at 5 p.m. with the championship game at Fetzer Field at the University of North Carolina. The game can be seen on the league’s Regional Sports Networks, which include FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and NESN. For more information on the ACC Championship, visit: http://theacc.co/WLaxChamp.