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Jul 02, 2014 03:47 AM EDT

Jennifer Lawrence Introduces Cardinals to New Members at ACC

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Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has lent her voice to a video that marks Kentucky's University of Louisville's transition from its long-time NCAA home in the American Athletic Conference to the Atlantic Coast Conference, starting July 1.

The minute-long video begins with an image of Lawrence - wearing a red-colored tee and displaying the "L" sign with her fingers - before transitioning to shots of the city. In the background, the 23-year-old "Hunger Games" actress talks about Louisville's passion for athletics.

An excerpt from the narration:

"I grew up in the Derby City, home to a proud and storied university, filled with rich athletic tradition and packed with fans who are as loyal and passionate as any in college sports," the Louisville native narrates.

"This region and these people live and breathe the Cardinals. Now, the next chapter of Louisville athletics is upon us as we join the prestigious ACC and prepare to face some of history's most accomplished and elite collegiate programs."

Lawrence's relationship with Cardinals is not just limited to her birthplace (Derby City); the actress's mother was once a cheerleader, US Magazine reports.

Besides the "American Hustle" actress, "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen (Baltimore), Jada Pinkett Smith, Stacy Keibler and David Hasselhoff share a special relationship with Louisville, CSN Baltimore reports.

The Cardinals athletic staff are hoping for a more stable and profitable association with its new Conference.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, founded in 1953, is considered to be the most competitive inter-collegiate conferences in the country. ACC boasts of some strong member teams including Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

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