September 12, 2011
ACC Announces Conference-Wide Football Military Appreciation Day Initiative
League schools will honor our nation's military at a 2011 home football game

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today a conference-wide initiative to honor our nation’s military throughout the 2011 ACC Football season at both the conference and institutional level. Each ACC institution has selected one home contest that will serve as its part of the effort.

The initiative will vary from campus to campus, but all ACC Military Appreciation Days will have several common elements. Each school will host and honor a member of the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP serves to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service men and women, to help injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. Each school will also pay tribute to veterans during the course of the game and will promote the initiative through ACC Military Appreciation Day videoboard and ribbon board graphics provided by the conference office.

“The Atlantic Coast Conference and its member institutions believe it is important to honor the sacrifices that the members of the United States Armed Forces make on our behalf every day,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We are all dedicated to saluting the men and women who protect and serve our country and this collective effort is just one way for us to show our appreciation.”

The ACC will also continue its tradition of patriotism for a seventh year at the 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game on December 3 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Last year, the league invited two members of the Wounded Warrior Project to participate in the pregame coin toss and local Boy Scouts presented The Flag of the United States, which spanned the full field, during The National Anthem.

The ACC’s salute to the Armed Forces extends into the football postseason with its relationship with the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman. The Military Bowl, held on December 28 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., seeks to generate broad support for the USO and honor the U.S. military as its core mission.

For more information about each ACC Military Appreciation Day, visit the respective school’s athletic website through the fall.

September 10

Clemson vs. Wofford

North Carolina vs. Rutgers

September 17

Boston College vs. Duke

NC State vs. South Alabama

Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas State

October 15

Duke vs. Florida State

October 22

Florida State vs. Maryland

Miami vs. Georgia Tech

November 5

Maryland vs. Virginia

November 10

Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech

November 12

Virginia vs. Duke

November 19

Wake Forest vs. Maryland

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