ECU student-athletes affected by flooding giving back to community


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Dozens of ECU student-athletes were forced to move out of their homes thanks to flooding from Hurricane Matthew.

The majority of those are football players, who didn’t miss a beat last week despite flooding in our area.

For ECU football, Hurricane Matthew didn’t mess things up too much. As far as the players are concerned, [it was] business as usual.

“Lifts, then we have practice and meetings,” said James Summers, ECU football. That was until he came home one day last week. Summers saw barricades, standing water, and road closures. “They came through on a fire truck and had a speaker. And they just told everyone they need to evacuate immediately.”

Due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew, Summers and 28 other football players were forced to pack their bags and leave.

“I started to panic a little bit, ‘cause I just got out of practice that day,” said Summers. “So coming home to that was pretty hectic.”

But Pirates aren’t ones to sit in self-pity.

Despite being personally affected by Hurricane Matthew, Summers and a handful of other athletes are giving back to a community, that’s given so much to them.

“This is scary though,” admitted Summers.

Members of just about every athletic team at ECU spent their Monday morning at Cypress Glen in Greenville making sure residents can return to normalcy as soon as possible.

“It’s really hard to see your community kind of go through things like that, but I’m glad that we are able to be here to help them,” said Michelle Castro, women’s tennis.

As for Summers, he’s now back home and is glad the water mark wasn’t anywhere near his front door.

“I’m very thankful, obviously, because some of these people lost a lot of things.” said Summers.

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