Potash Corp Celebrates 25th Year With Breakfast Of Champions
Matt Milner and Kimmy Cummings were named Scholar-Athletes in 2012.
April 30, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C.--- The Potash Corporation-Aurora is celebrating its 25th anniversary as title sponsor of the East Carolina University Athletic Department's annual Breakfast of Champions. Potash Corp, formerly Texasgulf, has been the event's sponsor since it's beginning in 1990.
Potash Corp also sponsors the Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award, which is presented annually to a male and female student-athlete recognizing academic achievement, leadership qualities and service to the university and community.
"The Breakfast of Champions is a wonderful opportunity to honor our best and brightest student-athletes," ECU Assistant Director of Athletics Nita Boyce said. "It's a wonderful event that allows our alumni and supporters to see the great leaders ECU is developing. We are so appreciative of the Potash Corporation for their long-standing support of this event."
The first awards were given to Walter Wilson and Tracey Kee more than two decades ago. Wilson was the first of eight Pirate football players to be honored, the most of any program, while Kee was the first of six softball players to be recognized, the most of any women's program along with cross country/track and field.
This year's breakfast will be held Saturday, May 3 inside Harvey Hall at the Murphy Center.
"We consider it an honor to partner with East Carolina University in celebration of student-athletes who are committed to excellence on the field, in the classroom, and in the community," Potash Corp Public and Government Affairs Manager Ray McKeithan said. "The Breakfast of Champions is a reflection of achievement - not just at ECU - but, throughout the region. Potash Corp considers this an opportunity to celebrate academic success, perseverance and strong character. We are privileged to be in this partnership."
Located in Aurora, N.C., Potash Corp-Aurora mines phosphate ore and is the world's largest vertically integrated fertilizer enterprise and a leading supplier to the agriculture, animal nutrition and industrial chemical markets. Phosphate is used in a variety of everyday products including cheese, soft drinks, bread, toothpaste, vegetable oil, jams and jellies. Commercial usage includes fire retardants, fertilizer, animal feed, wood and metal finishing, renewable energy products and cleaning compounds.
One of the area's largest private employers with an annual payroll of more $76 million, Potash Corp has over 800 permanent employees and hundreds of contract workers. The original plant opened in Beaufort County at a cost of $45 million in 1964.
ECU Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Winners
Walter Wilson (football)
Tracey Kee (softball)
Robert Beeman (football)
Ann Marie Welch (cross country/track and field)
Marc Cook (swimming and diving))
Tonia Cooley (basketball)
Craig Turnbull (soccer)
Georgeann Wilkie (softball)
Eric Adamski (cross country)
Catherine Norstrand (cross country/track and field)