Vonta Leach, Class of 2010
What was your major?
Family and Community Services
Why did you choose ECU?
I was recruited to play football at ECU but I also liked that they had a major I was interested in.
Why did you choose your major?
I wanted to give back to the community and eventually create my own foundation. Which I have, and it is called the Vonta Leach Foundation.
What would you tell potential students who are considering your major? It is a major that means giving back and helping your community.
Do you have a professor that you look back on fondly? Mrs. Betty Ann Carol, she really helped me when it came to finishing my degree.
What is your best ECU memory? Playing USF for homecoming and almost coming back from being down 21 points, going into 3 overtimes and only losing by one point.
Tell us about your current job and any positions that lead you to where you are now. I’m currently a fullback in the National Football League and I take a leadership role in the Vonta Leach Foundation.
What motivates you in your job, and how does your education at ECU relate to that? I realize that I didn’t get where I am by myself, and my education has given me the necessary tools to run my foundation.
What lessons did you learn at ECU that you think helped to shape your work or yourself? I think knowing that it’s about, no matter how high you climb, that you have to reach back and help someone else.
What is the best part of your job? Meeting people who have the goals as me in regards to giving back to the community.
Any words of wisdom to current students at ECU or particularly those in the College of Human Ecology (or your major)? Life isn’t about the number of times you get knocked down, but how many times you pick yourself up. Also, to the college athletes out there — remember that a professional sports career doesn’t last forever and the degree that you earn is something that no one can take away from you.