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ECU's basketball players Akeem Richmond and Marshall Guilmette sign autographs for students at W.H. Robinson on Thursday. The ECU athletes paid a visit to the Winterville elementary school to speak to students about studying hard and making good grades. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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ECU's basketball players Akeem Richmond and Marshall Guilmette sign autographs for students at W.H. Robinson on Thursday. The ECU athletes paid a visit to the Winterville elementary school to speak to students about studying hard and making good grades. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

ECU players fill role-model role

By Tony Castleberry

The Daily Reflector

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WINTERVILLE — Six East Carolina men’s basketball players got out of their classes on Thursday afternoon and promptly headed over to W.H. Robinson Elementary School to teach some life lessons.

Erin Straughn, Akeem Richmond, Paris Roberts-Campbell, Marshall Guilmette, Peyton Robbins and Francis Edosomwan, along with ECU director of basketball operations Kyle Robinson, spent some time with a group of fifth graders in the W.H. Robinson gymnasium in an effort to help the youngsters with their upcoming transition to middle school.


“It was a lot of fun,” said Richmond, a junior guard who hit a 3-pointer at the final buzzer in the Pirates’ win over Weber State for the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament championship earlier this month. “Any time you can come out and help some kids, it’s an amazing feeling.”

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