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April 19, 2012
CARY, N.C. (theACC.com) – For approximately 50 Green Hope Elementary second-graders, Thursday’s school day began with a bit of learning outside of the classroom.
The setting was the Stadium Court at Cary Tennis Park, a short walk from the school and the site of the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships. The theme was “positive risk-taking,” and students from Sue Sigmond’s and Steve Gurssliin’s physical education classes learned the quality of that trait from some of the ACC’s best.
For the third-straight year, ACC tennis came up strong in the league’s outreach program, "ACC Community Connections," which is aimed at teaching life lessons to elementary and middle school students in the communities in which the league’s student-athletes compete in their end-of-the-season ACC Championships.
Student-athletes and coaches from the Clemson, Virginia Tech and Virginia teams took part in Thursday morning’s program, which featured a skills drill, a group discussion and a question-and-answer session. The students received a kid-friendly handout that introduced them to the ACC and its 12 member institutions and featured quotes from several student-athletes on positive risk-taking and how it has benefitted them in the classroom and on the court. In addition to the student-athletes and coaches, Cary Tennis Park tennis program coordinator Reid Kinlaw and tennis pro Rob Peterson also took part in Thursday’s session.