GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Monday morning, 40 area students from Pitt and Martin counties got a chance to get hands on with some college football coaches.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Plain partnered with US Cellular and ECU for the third year in a row to host a football fantasy camp at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Garrett VanHoy, the special teams assistant coach for the Pirates, said getting the chance to work with the eager youths is a meaningful way to give back to the community.
"It's good for us to help out in the community and give back because we love working with kids like this," he said. "We want to be a good positive example at East Carolina and the football community represents the community well and we want to be an extension of that."
The kids got to hear a pep talk from head coach Scottie Montgomery, tour the locker room and try on players' gear and take their turn running out of the tunnel onto the field for some live-action drills.
Just as important as the lessons about football were the ones imparted about school and life.
"When you want to play sports and stuff like that you've got to be responsible you gotta be on time and you gotta listen," camper Christian Jones said.