March 28, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Just six weeks into her tenure as head volleyball coach at East Carolina, Julie Torbett has already started establishing herself in the local community. Last weekend, Torbett made an appearance at the Boys and Girls Club of Ayden where she spoke about the benefits of sports nutrition.
Torbett, a former liaison of health and wellness to athletics at UNC Asheville, was invited to speak by Andrew Reynolds, a current ECU student, whose nutrition class has been working with the Boys and Girls Club members and providing information on healthy eating.
"It was a great opportunity for me to get out into the community and share some knowledge and excitement I have for youth, volleyball, and taking care of our bodies," Torbett said. "The kids were very energetic and eager to participate."
In addition to informing the kids about nutrition, Torbett also talked about the importance of staying active. The Boys and Girls Club will offer volleyball, among other sports, to their participants and Torbett plans on bringing her ECU squad to the center later in the year to provide instruction and skill work to the kids.
Community service plays a large role for Torbett as she and her former teams have participated in various community outreach programs. While at UNC Asheville and Winthrop, Torbett's squads actively visited local elementary schools, retirement communities, and volunteered in an abundance of fundraising events; and she has no plans to stop now that she is at ECU.
Torbett has hit the ground running since beginning at ECU in early February. Along with her community service last weekend, Torbett and the Pirates also began spring volleyball action at NC State. ECU volleyball will head to Greensboro, N.C., for more spring volleyball action on Saturday, April 6, before wrapping up spring play at NC State on Saturday, April 13.