than a week away from the 4th Annual Pirate GridIron Classic. For
the past three years, former ECU football players have come back to
play in a charity basketball game at Minges Coliseum. Each year
the basketball game gets bigger and better and this weekend we will be
coming together once again for the very worthy cause. The
basketball game is the major fund raiser for Future INC, and has
allowed us to do a lot for the children of Greenville.
Future INC. is an organization that mentors to the underprivileged
children of the south Greenville area where Future’s President Troy
Smith grew up. Troy and I decided to start Future INC, and ask
our former teammates to help raise money for a great cause. FUTURE,
Incorporated is a nonprofit organization designed to offer positive
alternatives to “at risk” children in the West and South Greenville
Communities. Through mentoring, we provide our “kids” with the
opportunity to see beyond their circumstances and seek to realize their
dreams. Constant reassurance aimed at encouraging their spirits
and self-esteem has enabled our four-year-old program to redirect some
of the “lost” while driving others to maintain their focus.
Last year’s proceeds enabled us to not only sponsor different “in-town”
functions for our “kids” and supplement the cost of some of their
school-related extracurricular activities but we also proudly escorted
40 of them to Greensboro, NC on a tour of North Carolina A&T State
University. The kids had a wonderful time and some of them had
never even considered the idea that they could go to college until that
I have once again reached out to my former teammates and they will all
be back to help us raise money. You can look forward to seeing
such former ECU Football stars as Rod Coleman, Travis Darden, Keith
Stokes, Jerris McPhail, Larry Shannon, Jeff Kerr and many more.
If you have never come to the event, you have truly missed a good
time. The ECU pure gold dance team will perform and there will be
a 3 point shoot out and dunk contest at half – time.
We are still looking for sponsors and if you would like to be a sponsor
or make a contribution please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (Kevin
Monroe) or call the radio station 252.317-1250 or it can be mailed to
Troy Smith at the address below. All checks should be made
payable to Future, INC.
1035 Spring Forest Road Ste. D-4
Greenville, North Carolina 27834