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Jordan, Hamm Named Top ACC Athletes

March 13, 2003

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Michael Jordan and Mia Hamm were named the top athletes of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s first half-century during a celebration Wednesday night.

A panel of 120 voters selected by the conference’s anniversary committee chose the top 10 male and female athletes. By putting Jordan and Hamm at the top of the lists, the panel honored athletes who both excelled at North Carolina.

Jordan, who grew up in Wilmington, N.C., was the ACC freshman of the year during the 1981-82 season and made the clinching shot against Georgetown in the 1982 NCAA championship. He was a first-team All-American in 1983 and 1984.

Hamm, who’s from Burke, Va., led the Tar Heels to four NCAA soccer championships (1989-90, 1992-93) and a combined record of 92-1-2.

David Thompson, who led North Carolina State to the 1974 NCAA basketball title, finished second in the men’s voting, followed by Florida State quarterback and point guard Charlie Ward.

Marion Jones, who played basketball and was a track All-American at North Carolina, was voted the No. 2 female athlete; Virginia basketball player Dawn Staley was third.