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ECU students David Manly, at left, and a teammate makes a catch for their team during the “Kick-it for Haiti” kickball tournament held Nov. 20 in Greenville. The fundraising tournament fielded 100 players on 10 teams to raise money for scholarships for students in Haiti. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

ECU students “kick it” for Haiti

East Carolina University health sciences students raised $1,930 for scholarships for Haitian nursing students through a Nov. 20 kickball tournament.

A total of 100 students on 10 teams — six from the College of Nursing, two from the College of Allied Health Sciences and two from the Brody School of Medicine —competed on the Treybrooke Apartments field.

The winning team was Bean and the Brody Kickball Machine.

Nursing student Brittany Bell, one of the tournament organizers, said the funds will contribute to the Haitian health care system by supporting students interested in pursuing nursing degrees as the country rebuilds from January’s devastating earthquake.

“By donating money, the community of East Carolina University will empower Haitian students to receive formal education and a means to facilitate the recovery of their society,” Bell said.

The East Carolina Association of Nursing Students, the Brody Chapter of the American Medical Association and the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association sponsored the tournament.

Major donors included Physicians East, Hite Associates and Dr. Thomas Bell Jr.

The participants, while pursuing different curriculums, share a passion in caring for others, Brittany Bell said.

“I think that Saturday’s event is a testament to the manner in which ECU encourages all health care providers — nurses, physicians, speech therapists — to be servant leaders and responsible, global citizens,” Bell said. “The unity is instilled and expected.”

ECU nursing has an ongoing relationship with the FSIL School of Nursing in Haiti.

Earlier this year, ECU students, faculty, staff and alumni raised $8,500 for Haitian nursing student scholarships during the college’s Diversity Day celebration. Faculty also has shared course syllabi, tests and course information.


This story appeared originally in the Dec. 10, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at