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Nov. 1, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Seven Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey team representatives from three different schools took part in an ACC Community Connections outreach event Thursday morning before the start of the 2012 ACC Field Hockey Championship.
“I think the outreach program is important because in a region like the south where field hockey isn’t as prominent, it’s good to introduce kids to it at a young age,” said Duke junior Ashley Camano. “I didn’t know what field hockey was in third grade, and I can imagine that being introduced to it and influenced by it early enough can open doors for the future for these kids.”
The student-athletes visited Frank Porter Graham Elementary School to lead a clinic on the sport of field hockey. They met with third graders and introduced the basics of the rules, game format, and equipment used. In addition, they discussed life as an ACC student-athlete and answered questions form the 60 students in attendance.
“My favorite part about this outreach program was seeing the kid’s smiles on their faces and seeing how excited they were to learn a new sport,” said Maryland freshman Shari Jones.
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 elementary students the chance to talk with ACC student-athletes, learn about the sport, and to donate books to the schools' libraries.
“It is always a great experience for both the elementary students and the ACC student-athletes,” said Lee Butler, ACC Director of Championships. “We are grateful that the student-athletes are willing and able to spend their time in the local community to help grow the sport.”
ACC fans will be able to watch all six games of the championship. On Thursday, both matches will be streamed live online on theACC.com and on ESPN3, and is also available on the WatchESPN mobile application. The semifinals on Friday and the final on Sunday will be broadcast on FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and NESN in the ACC footprint.
For additional information, visit the ACC Field Hockey Championship page at http://theacc.co/FHChamp.