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ECSU athletics hosts community connect day

Admission to the game is $1

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Friday, September 28, 2018

According to a press release, the Elizabeth City State University department of athletics is hosting community connect day Saturday at Roebuck Stadium when the ECSU football team hosts Saint Augustine’s University at 1 p.m.

The department of athletics will host a kids zone for all kids at 11:30 a.m.

Due to Hurricane Florence and the people it affected in eastern North Carolina, the ECSU department of athletics is charging $1 with a donation of non-perishable item(s) for admission to the game.

According to ECSU, the first 250 patrons that come through the gate will receive a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich courtesy of Chick-Fil-A of Elizabeth City.

The university says it has teamed up with the Food Lion Feeds program, which aims to end hunger.

For ECSU athletic director George Bright, the event is a chance for the university to reach out to the community along with helping others in need.

“We want to establish this game for the community, for Elizabeth City, for Pasquotank County and all the folks that are in this area,” Bright said.

Bright added that with the support of the ECSU administration, the concept of $1 admission for the contest against the Falcons was put into motion.

The ECSU athletic director added that the concept of making it a dollar entrance for youth only was a possibility, but the $1 admission with a non-perishable donation for all was the final selection.

The community connect day will occur at the same time as the end hunger initiative.

In recent days, Bright added that the university has worked to get the word out.

Last Saturday, Bright noted that members of the football team were handing out fliers promoting the event.

“We are trying to open our arms to the community,” Bright said.

TENNIS COMPETES AT HBCU EVENT

The ECSU women’s tennis team competed in the Historically Black College & Universities National Tennis Championships held at the United States Tennis Association National Complex in Orlando, Florida.

The four-day tournament, held September 20-23, featured NCAA Division I and Division II teams along with NAIA competition.

ECSU had players compete in the singles and doubles tournament and finished second among Division II representation and just two points behind MEAC member Savannah State. Freshman Beatriz Neto competed in the A singles bracket and sophomores Te’Neal Kearney and Sar Oo competed in the C singles bracket.

“It was a tremendous opportunity to have our program be a part of this event,” ECSU head tennis coach Richard Harfst said. “We had never competed in this type of tournament before and our team did a great job in doing their best in tough weather and competition conditions.”

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