Military Appreciation Continues For ACC and Member Schools

Armed Forces honored at conference football games and throughout academic year

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - The Atlantic Coast Conference is continuing its league-wide initiative to honor our nation’s military throughout the 2015-16 academic year. 

In addition to Military Appreciation Days in conjunction with football games throughout the conference this fall, the ACC is continuing an 11-year partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).  WWP Wounded Warriors will be honored at the 2015 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game and other events, including the New York Life ACC Tournament in Washington, D.C., next March and the 2016 ACC Baseball Championship in Durham, North Carolina, in May.

Military Appreciation Days vary from campus to campus, but have several common elements. Many schools will host and honor members of WWP, an organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred service-connected injuries on or after Sept. 11, 2001. With the goal of making a positive, lasting impact on the lives of injured service members, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. 

The ACC will also continue its tradition of patriotism at the 2015 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game on December 5 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

“The dedication, service and sacrifice by the men and women of the United States Military is beyond compare,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The Atlantic Coast Conference and its member schools are proud to honor these individuals that sacrifice each and every day for our freedoms.”

The ACC’s salute to the Armed Forces extends into the football postseason with its relationship with the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman. The Military Bowl, slated for December 28 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, seeks to generate broad support for the USO and honor the U.S. military as its core mission.

Pitt was the first ACC school to hold Military Appreciation Day in 2015, honoring active service personnel and veterans during last Saturday’s opener against Youngstown State. Three more schools’ Military Appreciation Days are scheduled this Saturday – at Virginia Tech (versus Furman), at Florida State (versus South Florida) and at Georgia Tech (versus Tulane), with more scheduled later in this month and into the fall. In addition, Syracuse is offering free or discounted tickets to military personnel for each of its seven home games at the Carrier Dome.

For more, visit each respective school’s athletic website throughout the season. See below for the dates of Military Appreciation Days at ACC football member schools during the 2015 season:

Boston College
Date: Sept. 18, 2015
Opponent: Florida State

Clemson
Date: Nov. 21, 2015
Opponent: Wake Forest

Duke
Date: Nov. 14, 2015
Opponent: Pitt

Florida State
Date: Sept. 12, 2015
Opponent: South Florida

Georgia Tech
Date: Sept. 12, 2015
Opponent: Tulane

Louisville
Date Nov. 7, 2015
Opponent: Syracuse 

Miami
Date: Nov. 7, 2015
Opponent: Virginia

North Carolina
Date: Nov. 14, 2015
Opponent: Miami 

NC State
Date: Nov. 21, 2015
Opponent: Syracuse

Pitt
Date: Sept. 5, 2015
Opponent: Youngstown State

Syracuse
Date: Nov. 14, 2015
Opponent: Clemson

Virginia 
Date: Nov. 21, 2015
Opponent: Duke 

Virginia Tech
Date: Sept. 12, 2015
Opponent: Furman

Wake Forest
Date: Nov. 28, 2015
Opponent: Duke