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Dec. 2, 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (theACC.com) – As part of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game being played in Charlotte, and in support of a community outreach initiative, the Official Corporate Partners of the ACC have made a total donation of $10,000 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Middle School Sports. The total includes a $5,000 monetary donation and $5,000 in Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship tickets purchased by the Official Corporate Partners that were distributed among Charlotte-Mecklenburg middle school coaches.
In addition, NC State Linebacker, Nate Irving, Boston College Linebacker, Mark Herzlich and all twelve of the ACC Mascots will be making an early morning visit to Irwin Elementary School on Friday, December 3, as part of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship community outreach activities.
“We are honored to have the partnership and outreach from the ACC Football Championship for the donation and game tickets provided to our middle school sports programs and middle school coaches,” said Vicki Hamilton, Director of Athletics for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “We know that by participating in sports serves in all areas of leadership, citizenship, sportsmanship and lifelong values."
Funding cuts for the 2010-11 school year forced the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education to eliminate funds for middle school sports from the budget, for a cost savings of over $1 million. To still offer sports for middle school students, the district adopted a participation-fee model for middle school and high school student-athletes. Middle school athletes have been privileged to have support for their funding of the athletic programs for the 13 sports offered this school year. The $5,000 cash donation will serve to assist middle school students who qualify for financial assistance to participate in middle school sports.
The Official Corporate Partners of the ACC are AT&T, BB&T, Food Lion, Gatorade, Geico, Havoline, Pepsi, Progress Energy, and Toyota. As an Official Corporate Partners, these companies participate in, and take a sponsorship role of ACC Outreach programs.
The Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, in its sixth year, will be played in Charlotte December 4, 2010 with a 7:45 p.m. kickoff and televised nationally on ESPN. The winner of the championship earns the ACC bid to play in the Discover Orange Bowl, if not selected for the BCS National Championship Game.
2010 ACC Football Championship Game The 2010 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played December 4, at 7:45 pm at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium and will feature Atlantic Division Champion Florida State against Coastal Division Champion Virginia Tech. For all ACC Football Championship Game and ticket information visit the league’s official website theACC.com.