Call it playing favorites but I LOVE the ACC Conference. Yes it’s true that I have a couple of degrees from an ACC school, Scott also a degree from a newly appointed ACC school, and my brother, mother, and numerous other family members went to ACC schools. So obviously I have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to the Atlantic Coast Conference. I’m thankful for all great academic programs, the always exciting football games (and tailgating), and the nail biting basketball games between rivals. I’d like to think that the ACC gives people more than a heart palpitations as the clock winds down.
Basketball program legends like Carolina and Duke are located less than 20 miles apart and have to travel through the research triangle park to face each other. Also located in RTP is The National Inclusion Project. NIP works to bridge the gap between youth with special needs and the community that surrounds them. Founded in 2003 NIP works with communities and all types of inclusion programs to try and educated the public about the possibilities that inclusion can bring. Their Let’s ALL Play program also gives children with disabilities the chance to participate in recreation activities with children without disabilities. The program has been so successful that it has been implemented in YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and community centers around the country. Inclusion, it’s the right thing for us all to do.
Piedmont Nature Trails
Making sure our children and their children see all the beauty that is NC (and beyond) is also the right thing to do. The Botanical Garden Foundation is the membership organization that supports The North Carolina Botanical Society in Chapel Hill, NC. Their mission is to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature through education, appreciation, and conservation. The BGF raises almost half of the operating expenses of the garden and also protects over 300 acres of land for conservation purposes. With over 90,000 visitors each year and 2,500 members of the BGF, the beautiful gardens in the heart of Chapel Hill see a lot of action. There may not be rides and huge turkey legs like Disney World, but the beauty of the gardens and nature trails are just as magical.
National Inclusion Project Donation
The Botanical Garden Foundation Donation
So here’s to you ACC! You have given us 12 NCAA men’s basketball championships, 2 NCAA women’s basketball championships, and years of rivalry and tradition to pass down for generations. Duke, Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, the list goes on and on of one great institution after another. It turns out that men’s basketball is not all this conference has to offer. ACC stands for the Atlantic Coast Conference, but I think it also stands for Always Caring and Compassionate.