The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced 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. Clemson, which annually designates one home game as Military Appreciation Day, will hold its observation on Saturday against Wofford, with most of ceremony taking place at halftime.
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.
Clemson vs. Wofford
North Carolina vs. Rutgers
Boston College vs. Duke
NC State vs. South Alabama
Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas State
Duke vs. Florida State
Florida State vs. Maryland
Miami vs. Georgia Tech