ACC Student-Athletes Participate in Community Connections Program

May 10, 2012

CHAPEL HILL N.C. ( – Atlantic Coast Conference softball student-athletes participated in an ACC Community Connections outreach event Thursday morning before the start of the 2012 ACC Softball Championship. In total, 35 players from all eight teams took part.

The student-athletes read the books Eat Healthy, Feel Great by William & Martha Sears and Christie Kelly, and talked with the elementary students about the importance of exercise and maintaining a healthy diet. They also introduced them to the sport of softball and talked about life as an ACC student-athlete. At the end, they answered questions from the 120 students in attendance.

The students, second graders from New Hope Elementary, a local Chapel Hill, N.C., school, were able to stay after the program and watch Georgia Tech take on Virginia in the first game of the day. The ACC will donate the books to the school to use in their library in a presentation during the championship game on Saturday.

“I think it was great experience because it is a way to give back to the community,” said Maryland senior Vangie Galindo. “It is important to be healthy, so it was a good chance to talk to the kids about that as role models.”

The ACC Community Connections Program, now in its second 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 attend part of the championship, and to donate books to the schools’ libraries.

The 2012 ACC Softball Championship will be televised on the league’s regional sports network and on ESPN3 on Thursday and Friday, and Saturday’s championship will be on ESPN at 4 p.m. For more information, visit: