ACC Announces Football Championship Pregame Festivities

Dec. 1, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( – Prior to the 8 p.m. start of the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game on Dec. 1 in Charlotte, N.C., the ACC will take some time to recognize and honor American and those who protect it.

Grammy Award winner Ana María Martínez, known for her dramatic range as a soprano, will perform a rendition of our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” Martínez is a graduate of the Juilliard School with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Her career spans the world’s opera houses, concert halls, recording studios and movie theaters, and she continues to engage her audiences both with her signature roles and with new and exciting debuts on stage.

During Martínez’s performance, a full, field-size American Flag will be displayed. The flag will be held by members of the Charlotte Fire Department and Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department. In addition, the flags of the United States, Florida and Georgia will be presented.

The ceremonial coin toss at midfield will feature two veterans who are part of the Wounded Warrior Project, Cody Fowler and David Brown, alongside Mayor Anthony Fox and Tom Skains, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Charlotte Collegiate Football.

Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Cody Fowler joined the Army at 17 years old. He became a private military contractor when he was 24. After multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he obtained hearing and vision loss, multiple traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, as well as other physical and mental disorders. His complications led to multiple surgeries, in which his right ankle was rebuilt using artificial parts. Today after much support from family and friends, Cody is able to walk and stand tall again.

David Brown  grew up in Plant City, Florida and joined the Marines after graduating high school in 2005. After graduating boot camp and he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, shortly after David was deployed overseas. In a  small town outside of Fallejiah, five mortars struck David’s standing post. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, broken back and ankle. David was medically retired in 2011 and currently  enjoys spending time as a stay at home dad and creating wood working pieces. He credits Wounded Warrior Project  for helping him get active in his community and meet with other local Warriors.

2012 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship: The 2012 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium and will feature the Atlantic Division Champion Florida State against the Coastal Division Champion Georgia Tech.  Tickets for the general public are on sale.  The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.