ACC Student-Athletes Participate in Community Connections Program

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – Fourteen Atlantic Coast Conference swimming and diving student-athletes from 10 different schools took part in an ACC Community Connections outreach event Thursday morning before the start of the 2012 Women’s Swimming & Diving C¬hampionship.

The athletes read the book, Why Should I Eat Well by Mike Gordon, and discussed the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. They also introduced the basics of the sport, explained the different strokes, talked about life as an ACC student-athlete, and answered questions from the 170 students in attendance.

“Today was awesome,” said Meredith Perdue, a senior freestyler from Virginia. “We read the students a book about being healthy and eating well and told them what it is like to be ACC student-athletes at a university. I think they learned a lot, and they had a lot of questions for us about swimming and about what we do at school. We really enjoyed being able to share that with them.”

The students, fourth and fifth graders from Falling Branch Elementary, a local Christiansburg, Va., school, were able to stay after the program and watch Thursday’s preliminary events. The ACC will donate the books to the school to use in their library in a presentation during the finals on Saturday night.

“They were all very enthusiastic about the sport and learning about it,” said Florida State sophomore Kendall Sieron. “We taught them about the strokes, how to dive off the blocks, and we had cheer wars with them.”

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