Pirate football players visit children in the hospital, one of many reasons ECU has been named a finalist.

East Carolina Athletics have been selected as a finalist for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Community Service Award. This is ECU’s second time being named a finalist in a three year span.

The overall winner of the award will win $10,000 for the charity of the program’s choosing, along with a trophy that institution can permanently display. The two runner-ups will win $5,000 for a charity of the program’s choosing.

“On behalf of East Carolina University and our athletics department, we are extremely thankful to NACDA and the Fiesta Bowl for recognizing us as a finalist for the 2019 community service award,” ECU Director of Athletics John Gilbert said.

The award itself is in recognition for Division 1 athletic programs that make community service and volunteering a way of life. ECU has been named a finalist, along with Boston College University and the University of Texas at Arlington.

“We appreciate all our student-athletes who stepped up and helped all North Carolinians with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence last year. Our student-athletes played an important role in the rebuild and recovery of our great state, another great example of what it means to be a Pirate.” Gilbert said.

On September 2018, Hurricane Florence caused approximately $54 billion of damages to eastern North Carolina and the surrounding region, according to a press release from ECU athletics. Student-athletes and staff were some of the first to provide assistance in aiding and assisting in recovery efforts.

Over 230 student athletes completed over an estimated 1,400 hours of community service time in community service efforts from Sept. 18 to Oct. 9.

The winner will be announced on June 24 by a five member board of the NADCA.

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