ACC To Expand Sportsmanship Awareness Weeks to Fall, Winter and Spring in 2011-12

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( - The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the league will expand its Sportsmanship Awareness Weeks to one week during the fall, winter and spring seasons. The ACC Sportsmanship Awareness Weeks are a campaign to emphasize and promote sportsmanship as it relates to our teams, conference and fans.

During the weeks of October 17-23 (Fall), January 23-29 (Winter) and April 9-14 (Spring), every league team will showcase its continued dedication to sportsmanship by participating in a pregame handshake prior to each contest. In addition to the teams’ efforts, the conference and member schools will highlight the program to its fans through releases, across social media platforms, videos elements and official websites.

“Sportsmanship continues to be a priority within the ACC and the growth of this initiative will be a great way to further highlight and emphasize its importance,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford.

More than 45 events will be part of the 2011 ACC Fall Sportsmanship Awareness Week beginning with four men’s soccer contests and a field hockey match on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The initiative will reach all fall sports except Cross Country (Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball and Football) as well as two early Swimming & Diving competitions.