The University of Louisville finally joined the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 2014. It was such an exciting day! As soon as the clock struck 12AM, everyone on the internet opened their arms and welcomed the Louisville Cardinals to the ACC. There were so many tweets, Instagram photos, and Facebook posts! Everyone who is a fan definitely had their newsfeeds filled with welcomes to the ACC from every university and college in the ACC. While most people associate the ACC with athletics, joining this new conference is great for academics as well. Colleges and universities in the ACC are going to push UofL to be an even greater place for students to invest their future in.
Currently, I am an intern in the Office of Admissions working with social media. I got to take part of the celebration with the faculty/staff for the luncheon at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Everyone who works for UofL came to celebrate the new chapter at the University of Louisville. There was great food and great company. Tom Jurich, President Ramsay, and ACC Commissioner John Swofford spoke to everyone about UofL’s new membership to the ACC. Those were not the only guests though. The mascots from all of the schools in the ACC joined us as well! To be honest, it was my favorite part. I was geeking out like a little kid at Disney World when I saw the Hokie Bird from Virginia Tech, Buzz from Georgia Tech, and Ms. Wolf from NC State. I made sure I grabbed a picture with them to share with all of my friends.
It was an especially exciting day for me because I grew up watching sports and visiting schools from the ACC. I am an out of state student and my hometown is a little over an hour from Virginia Tech. While everyone is excited to be joining such an elite conference, I’m excited to be joining schools that my friends attend. I’m really looking forward to the rivalry we will have in sports like basketball and football. I am definitely planning on going to some away games in the future to schools that are so close to my hometown. It really is no better time to be a Louisville Cardinal.