GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – ECU Baseball players are spending time out in the community, lending a help hand.
In the last two week, the team has donated their time helping out with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, the “Good Samaritan 5K” and the Wintergreen Intermediate School.
“Our guys are very blessed to play baseball at one of the best universities in the country,” said second-year head coach Cliff Godwin. “It is really important for us to give back to the Greenville community that does so much in support of our team. We also believe in helping people in our area who are less fortunate.”
The Pirates visited the Food Bank on Friday, October 2nd, helping sort and bag sweet potatoes for local soup kitchens, churches and homeless shelters in the area. In two hours, the players sorted over 6,000 pounds of sweet potatoes. That’ll provide about 3,500 meals to those in need.
Over Fall Break, the team worked with the “Good Samaritan 5k” to benefit the Hope of Glory Ministries and spoke at the Wintergreen Intermediate School. The guys helped direct traffic, set up and break down for the 5K. They also supported runners and helped with the timing of runners.
At the Wintergreen School, players spoke for an hour about making good decisions. Godwin, Joe Ingle and Evan Kruczynski got up in front of the group and spoke to all of the students before breaking out into groups to mentor them on a personal basis. After taking a group photo, the students huddled up with the Pirates and closed out the day with the “YES” chant.