ACC Swimmers Participate in Community Connections Program

Feb. 28, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Ten Atlantic Coast Conference swimming student-athletes from five different schools took part in an ACC Community Connects outreach event Thursday evening before the start of the nightly finals at the 2013 Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship.

The student-athletes talked with the youth swimmers for half of an hour. They introduced the sport of swimming, discussed the different strokes and the basic rules, talked about life as an ACC student-athlete, and answered questions from the elementary school–aged swimmers.

“There was a good connection from the athletes to the kids from around the area,” said North Carolina freshman Sam Lewis. “I know that if I was one of those kids, I would have been excited to meet the athletes.”

The youth swimmers from the local Greensboro area were able to stay after the program and watch Thursday night’s finals.

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.

Live coverage of the finals on Friday and Saturday can be seen on the ACC Digital Network on and on ESPN3 starting at 7 p.m. For more on the 2013 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, head to the official website at