ECU Initiates Donation Drive in Support of VT


GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina University Department of Athletics
announced Thursday that it has committed to present a check of $100,000
to Virginia Tech in support of the healing and recovery process on the
Blacksburg campus.

Athletics Director Terry Holland and the ECU Educational Foundation
(Pirate Club) initiated the fund drive which will result in a check
presentation at Lane Stadium prior to the Pirates-Hokies football game
Sept. 1.

"That terrible day and the resulting sorrow have prompted each of us to
reconsider our priorities and place all of our daily activities in a
proper perspective," Holland said. "The competitive spirit we share with
our Hokie brethren is now prompting the Pirate Nation to action and we
certainly encourage all Pirates to consider contributing to this fund."

Donations can be made through the Pirate Club and checks should be made
payable to the ECU Educational Foundation, Inc., with a note designating
the gift for the Hokie Fund. ECU Athletics will also accept donations at
all remaining 2007 regular season home baseball games at the
Clark-LeClair Stadium Customer Service Booth. Fans and members of the
ECU and Greenville community should contact the Pirate Club
(252-737-4540) for additional information.

Holland also encourages all Pirate fans attending Friday night's
baseball game against Savannah State to wear orange and maroon in
observance of "Orange & Maroon Effect" day to support "Hokie Hope", a
national effort of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association to continue the
healing process. Holland hoped that ECU fans would emphasize Tech's
maroon because of SSU's orange and blue color scheme.

"It is a great day to be a we are all Hokies!"
Holland concluded.