GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Thousands of students packed Minges Coliseum Wednesday for East Carolina University’s women’s basketball education day, a field trip that ended up being about more than just a game.
“It’s so fun to like get out of the class room,” said Akira McCassling, fifth-grader.
Teachers said they want all their students to consider higher education and exposure to a college campus is the first step.
“We really want to get them college-ready and this is the best way to do it,” said Nicola Villiano, a first-grade teacher.
The kids had the opportunity to see the women’s basketball team take on UNC-Wilmington in Minges Coliseum, which Villiano described as an added bonus.
“They get to see how women are empowered and can play sports too, just like the men,” Villiano said.
Although the trip was an educational experience, that doesn’t mean the students, and even the players, didn’t have a good time.
“It’s just fun,” said Khadidja Toure, ECU women’s basketball player. “They’re so into it, they start cheering about weird things, and they’re dancing so it just makes the environment so much more fun to play in.”
Not only did the students get to watch the game and get a first-hand look at the college experience, they got to see a win as well.
ECU won out over UNC-Wilmington 75-65.