Other than the Final Four, there is no place to be in March that is more exciting than the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, NC. From the opening day of Fan Fest to the final buzzer of the Championship game, fans were treated to a special experience.
This year's tournament experience had a special element added. The ACC was awarded the Naismith Legacy Award for its rich history of basketball tradition and for its work in promoting the high values of Honesty, Family Values, Community Service and Goodwill. John Swafford, ACC Commissioner, received the award at both the Men's and Women's Tournament in a mid-court presentation. The award was presented by Jim and Beverly Naismith. Jim is the last living grandson of the game's inventor, Dr. James Naismith.
Those who attended Fan Fest were able to meet Jim Naismith and hear some fascinating stories about his grandfather that only he could tell. His presence and folksy charm made it a very rare and special moment for those who were able to meet him. Even Commissioner Swafford was taken aback by meeting Jim. Right after receiving the award he shook Jim's hand and said, "It must be pretty cool to say that your grandfather invented the game of basketball."