ACC Student-Athletes Participate in Community Connections Program

May 9, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – Atlantic Coast Conference softball student-athletes participated in an ACC Community Connections outreach event Thursday morning before the start of the 2013 ACC Softball Championship.

Twenty-seven student-athletes from six schools met with elementary students and introduced the sport of softball and its basic rules. They set up multiple activity stations where they led drills on softball fundamentals, such as throwing and running the bases.

“It’s good to do this because at one time we were as young as they are and going to these things and we really looked up to these players,” said ACC Player of the Year Ashley Thomas of Georgia Tech. “It feels good to give back.”

The 150 students, fourth graders from Gilchrist Elementary, a local Tallahassee, Fla., school, were able to stay after the program and watch Virginia Tech take on Maryland in the first game of the day.

The ACC will donate commemorative books to the school’s library during Saturday’s championship game.

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 studnets the change to talk with ACC student-athletes, learn about the sport and attend part of the championship, and to donate books to the schools’ libraries.

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