Military Appreciation Continues For ACC and Member Schools

Armed Forces honored at conference football games and throughout academic year

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( - The Atlantic Coast Conference is continuing its league-wide initiative to honor our nation’s military throughout the 2016-17 academic year. 

In addition to Military Appreciation Days in conjunction with football games throughout the conference this fall, the ACC plans a full-scale celebration of patriotism at the 2016 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game on December 3 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Scheduled initiatives include:

Several military veterans and their families will receive a VIP experience at the Championship Game.  
The ACC will recognize the veterans on the field between the third and fourth quarters.  
The on-field recognition will be immediately followed by the singing of God Bless America performed by Disney’s Voices of Liberty.
Voices of Liberty will also perform the National Anthem.

“The ACC and our schools appreciate the service, dedication and sacrifices of our country’s Armed Forces and veterans,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We are proud to honor all that they do to protect our freedoms and celebrate America.” 

The ACC is also extending its 12-year partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).  WWP Wounded Warriors will be honored next March at the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament in Conway, South Carolina, and the New York Life ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, as well as during the 2017 ACC Baseball Championship in Louisville next May.

Military Appreciation Days vary from campus to campus, but have several common elements. Many schools choose to 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. 

Pitt was the first ACC school to hold Military Appreciation Day in 2016, honoring active service personnel and veterans during its September 3 opener versus Villanova. Each of the ACC’s other football schools have or will follow suit at home games throughout the season, including four during the upcoming Veteran’s Day weekend – Florida State (versus Boston College) on Friday, and three Saturday games: Louisville (versus Wake Forest), Syracuse (versus NC State) and Virginia (versus Miami). 

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 27 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. “Celebrating USO’s 75th Anniversary” provides the theme for this year’s game.

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 2016 season:

Boston College
  • Date: Nov. 5, 2016
  • Opponent: Louisville

  • Date: Nov. 5, 2016
  • Opponent: Syracuse

  • Date: Nov. 5, 2016
  • Opponent: Virginia Tech

Florida State
  • Date: Nov. 11, 2016
  • Opponent: Boston College

Georgia Tech
  • Date: Nov. 19, 2016
  • Opponent: Virginia

  • Date Nov. 12, 2016
  • Opponent: Wake Forest 

  • Date: Nov. 5, 2016
  • Opponent: Pitt

North Carolina
  • Date: Nov. 19, 2016
  • Opponent: The Citadel 

NC State
  • Date: Nov. 5, 2016
  • Opponent: Florida State
  • Date: Sept. 3, 2016
  • Opponent: Villanova

  • Date: Nov. 12, 2016
  • Opponent: NC State

  • Date: Nov. 12, 2016
  • Opponent: Miami 

Virginia Tech
  • Date: Sept. 17, 2016
  • Opponent: Boston College

Wake Forest
  • Date: Oct. 29, 2016
  • Opponent: Army West Point