The recent widespread devastation due to Hurricane Matthew which came barreling through Eastern North Carolina, left quite a devastating mark on Greenville and its surrounding cities.
East Carolina football team was able to travel to USF on Saturday October 8th , where unfortunately, they lost 38-22. Things only went from bad to worse, on the way home Hurricane Matthew was in full affect in North Carolina. Because of this, The Pirates were unable to land in either Raleigh or Greenville. The closest, safe place for them to land was in Virginia. The plan at that point was to take a bus from Virginia to Greenville, but the flood waters had already gotten so bad that they could not make it by wheels either. After that failed attempt the only reasonable option was to head back to Virginia, and camp out at a hotel.
Once the Pirate football team finally made it back late on October 9th both the ECU soccer and volleyball teams received notice that they must evacuate within the hour to Raleigh. NC State was generous enough to offer ECU Volleyball the opportunity to use their facilities until it was time for them to head off to their scheduled away game. As for ECU soccer, they were supposed host SMU later in the week. NC State offered up their field and even with such short notice, the game went on.
It was one thing after another when we then got word that the awaited ECU v Navy football game would be canceled that for that Thursday due to dreadful conditions left from Matthew.
As for the Pirate athletes and the rest of the student body, Hurricane Matthew turned our two day fall break into a haphazard 9 days.
However, the ECU student athletes who weathered the storm remained undaunted. When things had settled down and the damage and devastation surfaced, ECU sports teams jumped in to help the city they love.
Volunteer efforts from ECU Baseball, Volleyball, and soccer not only helped the outside appearance of the city but also the inside, the victims in Matthews’s path. It was touching to those to see the athletes they love to support stepping up and helping in a time of need.
In times like these it really shows what it means to be an Undaunted Pirate.