Local volunteers unsung heroes of ACC Tournament

GREENSBORO, N.C.– Like him or love him, Duke’s Coach K loves Greensboro.

During a radio interview, Coach K praised the city for being a fantastic host.

“During my 33 years in the conference, nobody does it any better. It’s not even close than the people in Greensboro,” he said.

ACC Tournament officials say the volunteers are reason for Greensboro’s outstanding reputation.

This year, there are more than 400 volunteers that do everything from help with Fan Fest, to give out dinner recommendations.

Fred and Linda Newman are two of the 48 volunteers who help fans with mobility issues get from the parking lot to their seats.

“You see the same people coming back and they start to look for you and they know we provide this service and it’s really a big help,” Linda explains.

The Newman’s have been volunteering since 1995 and say they do it to help Greensboro make a good name for itself.

“It’s nice when you hear no other place in the country does this, and it sets Greensboro apart,” says Linda Newman.

The Newman’s understand Greensboro’s reputation and that’s why they keep volunteering, “It’s feel good work,” they say.

Thousands of locals and out-of-towners will pack into Greensboro Coliseum to take in the ACC action, something the city is ready for.

“It’s our chance, once a year when these folks come into Greensboro to really put on a show,” says Kim Strable, from the Greensboro Sports Commission.

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