ECU holding ‘Storm the Stadium Challenge’ for student veterans

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – East Carolina University will hold the inaugural “Storm the Stadium Challenge” on Saturday, April 23, from 8-10 a.m. at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Participants will climb the stadium’s 3,200 steps that will support programs and scholarships for student veterans at ECU.

“We thought that a physical challenge would be a great way to honor the hard work that our service members do everyday – and what better challenge than something in our very own Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium?” said Nicole Jablonski, assistant director of student veteran services.

More than 75 participants have already signed up for the event and Jablonski hopes the number will continue to rise. All participants will begin at the same gate and complete the same course.

U.S. Army veteran and ECU student Aaron Fenstemaker said it’s a daunting challenge, as he is trying to get back into shape after post-traumatic stress disorder, orthopedic injuries and asthma.

“I am still out of shape, and I think this challenge is going to be painful,” he said. “However, in my life, I have done many painful and difficult things that I often was not prepared to do, simply because it was the right thing to do.”

The registration fee is $35 for individuals and $110 for five-member teams.

For more information, to participate or to donate, visit here, or contact Jablonski at or 252-737-5233.

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