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Nov. 6, 2011
CARY, N.C. – Hours before taking the field for the semifinal round of the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Championship Friday, 10 of the league’s student-athletes and one head coach put in some classroom time.
The setting was Kingswood Elementary School, a short drive from WakeMed Soccer Park, the site of this year’s tournament. The theme was “perseverance,” and approximately 80 pre-K, kindergarten and first-grade students learned about the quality of that trait from some of the ACC’s best. For the second straight year, ACC women’s soccer 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 from Duke, Florida State, Virginia and Wake Forest met with the group at Kingswood, and Wake head coach Tony da Luz attended for the second year in a row. The student-athletes read from the book, “Froggy Plays Soccer” by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz, and fielded questions from the Kingswood students. The elementary school students also received a kid-friendly handout that introduced them to the ACC and its 12 member institutions and featured quotes from several student-athletes on the quality of perseverance and how it has benefitted them in the classroom and on the field.