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ECC Track Team Helps Residents in Need

From left: ECC Track Coach Lionel Leach, ECC student Elaine Robinson, ECC student Yanique White, County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and ECC student David Oliveira
From left: U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, and ECC students David Oliveira, Yanique White and Elaine Robinson

Members of the Essex County College Track & Field team offered their time last week to help make Thanksgiving a little brighter for local residents by assisting in Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo’s Thanksgiving Emergency Food Distribution Event.

Accompanied by Track Coach Lionel Leach, the student-athletes chipped in during the County’s food distribution event on November 24 in Branch Brook Park. The program was geared toward families who have been forced out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and needed food support.

ECC student-athletes who participated in the event were Elaine Robinson, Yanique White, David Oliveira, Carl Drakes and Trey Williams.

“I believe it’s important for our student-athletes to support the community, especially during Thanksgiving holidays. It was a pleasure for the students to be part of the event” said Coach Leach.

The ECC contingent joined over 100 Essex County employees and other volunteers to distribute food packages to hundreds of families.

“I’m very proud of our student-athletes along with Coach Leach for their involvement in this important event which benefited many Essex County residents,” said ECC Interim President, Dr. Augustine A. Boakye. 

The student-athletes also had the opportunity to meet U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, who represents New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District.

At Essex, we are always willing to offer a helping hand.