Pee Dee featured on ESPN commercial

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East Carolina University mascot Pee Dee the Pirate is among the mascots featured in a new ESPN commercial starring Pittsburgh Pirates MVP Andrew McCutchen.

The commercial shows a breakfast meeting disrupted when several pirate mascots burst in and begin looting the breakfast spread.

Watch the video at: http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/andrew-mccutchen-loves-his-lox-sportscenter-ad-opening-day-156657

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ECU joins in Give Kids a Smile event

ECU dental student Amanda Stroud smiles while getting a hug from five year old Jaden Wilson after she worked on his smile. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

ECU dental student Amanda Stroud smiles while getting a hug from five year old Jaden Wilson after she worked on his smile. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

ECU dental students and student-athletes were among the volunteers at the Give Kids a Smile event Feb. 7 at Eastern Pediatrics and Orthodontics in Greenville.

Volunteers from ECU, along with 20 local dentists, collaborated to treat approximately 140 patients with free dental care, ranging from simple cleanings to more advanced procedures.

Visitors to the event included North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis and Sen. Louis Pate. ECU coaches Ruffin McNeil and Jeff Lebo were on hand as well.

Patient Breana Williams talks to Stefanie Fresenius from the ECU Women's Track & Field and Cross Country. 

Patient Breana Williams talks to Stefanie Fresenius from the ECU Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country.

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ECU alumnus scores Super Bowl Championship ring

Michael Brooks

Michael Brooks

East Carolina University alumnus Michael Brooks will join the ranks of former ECU Pirate football players who wear a Super Bowl championship ring.

Brooks was on the winning Seattle Seahawks team for the Feb. 2 contest as a rookie defensive lineman.

Originally assigned to the practice squad, 22-year-old Brooks was recently promoted for game play after two players were  injured.

A native of Roxboro, Brooks majored in criminal justice with a concentration in homeland security. ECU Pirates now have five Pirates with a Super Bowl championship ring within the last four years.

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Coach Rock Golf Classic set for May 13

The third annual Coach Rock Cancer Research Golf Classic will be held May 13 at Ironwood Country Club in Greenville. The tournament will benefit ongoing research in the Department of Oncology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center.

The registration deadline is May 9.

Coach Thomas "Rock" Roggeman addresses players during a 2008 ECU football game. (Photo courtesy ECU Sports Information)

Coach Thomas “Rock” Roggeman addresses players during a 2008 ECU football game. (Photo courtesy ECU Sports Information)

Funds raised at the tournament will directly benefit cancer patients in eastern North Carolina through the Coach Rock Roggeman Cancer Research Fund. Thomas “Rock” Roggeman, who died of lymphoma in 2010, served as a defensive coordinator for ECU’s football team.

“This has always been such a fun day,” said Dr. Paul Walker, who established the cancer research fund with his wife, Kathy. “People have recognized that we’re all out there for something that’s very, very important.”

The tournament features a four-person superball format with a $500-per-team entry fee. Sponsorships range from $100 to $5,000. Tournament prizes will be awarded.

Tickets also will be available at the event for a $10,000 putting contest that will benefit the Spencer Hampton Scholarship at D. H. Conley High School.

Breakfast, registration and practice begin at 7:30 a.m., with the morning flight teeing off at 8:15 a.m. The afternoon flight tees off at 1:30 p.m., after a 12:30 p.m. lunch and registration and a 1 p.m. tribute to Roggeman.

Walker, an associate professor at the Brody School of Medicine and director of the thoracic oncology clinic, said the tournament celebrates the vigor with which Roggeman coached football and fought cancer.

“We wanted to honor the legacy of a man who has been highly respected as a man and as a coach,” he said.

It also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of funding cancer research. The Coach Rock Roggeman Cancer Research Fund supports the development of innovative cancer research treatment clinical trials at ECU that are key to improving cancer care for patients throughout the region.

“Every advancement in cancer treatment comes from cancer research,” Walker said.

Current research seeks to double the cure in inoperable lung cancer and acute leukemia. Other studies are exploring how to eliminate lung cancer in lymph nodes in nine out of 10 patients and completely clear the disease in patients with specific types of breast cancer.

Other sponsors of this year’s tournament include Steele Insurance Company, Brenda Till (in memory of Bruce Till), ECU Physicians, Greenville Nissan, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Impressions magazine and BB&T.

To register or make a donation, please contact Susan Eubanks at 252-744-1015 or eubankss@ecu.edu.

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Roberts scores touchdown, touches hearts

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Noah Roberts scored a touchdown and touched some hearts on the final play of the April 20 East Carolina University Spring Football game.

Roberts is 8-years-old. He has Neurofibromatosis, a neurological condition that causes tumors to grow throughout the nervous system. He has endured surgeries to remove tumors from his brain and spinal cord. Roberts will continue medical studies to search for additional tumors.

Roberts’ sister Whitney of Wilmington is a student at ECU.

ESPN and CBS stories are posted below:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9195414

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/bruce-feldman/22112627/8-year-old-scores-a-very-special-td-for-ecu

Video produced by Brian Meador and Greg Pierce, ECU Athletics.

Noah Roberts walks out onto the field at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium with head football coach Ruffin McNeil. (Photos courtesy of ECU Athletics)

Noah Roberts walks out onto the field at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium with head football coach Ruffin McNeil. (Photos courtesy of ECU Athletics)

The ECU Pirates celebrate with Noah Roberts following his touchdown during the Spring Football game April 20.

The ECU Pirates celebrate with Noah Roberts following his touchdown during the Spring Football game on April 20.

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