March 27, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. –After a successful outing to open the outdoor season, the East Carolina track & field program used an off weekend to go out into the Greenville community and give back.
Several Pirates spent Saturday assisting with Habitat for Humanity of Pitt County, Inc., in the annual Home Run Race. Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 and has built more than 200,000 homes in 100-plus countries sheltering over one million people.
“One of our goals each and every year is to make sure that our student-athletes give back to our community,” Head Coach Curt Kraft said of his squad’s weekend volunteer work. “I think it’s very important our student-athletes show the community of Greenville and Pitt County how much we appreciate the support that they provide to us both athletically and academically."
Despite competing all year long in both cross country and track & field, the Pirates have averaged between 1,300-1,500 community service hours each year.
“We are able to accomplish this while still maintaining high GPA’s and performing at a very high level athletically,” Kraft stated. “Just as we work each and every day at becoming a better team, we will continue to work very hard at showing the community how important they are to us.”
The Pirates will be back on the track this weekend when they head to Boone, N.C., to compete in the Quad Meet which will begin on Friday, March 29 and conclude on Saturday, March 30.