The Pirate Who Became A Saint
Professional football player Jimmy Graham overcame a tough childhood in Goldsboro to earn a college degree from the University of Miami and become an All-Pro tight-end for the New Orleans Saints. And it’s all thanks to Becky Vinson ’03, ‘10, a graduate of the ECU College of Nursing, who adopted him after a difficult upbringing which included being shuttled between numerous relatives and a nine-month stint where he was abandoned to a group home by his mother. Despite extremely challenging financial conditions, raising her own young daughter, and putting herself through nursing school, Becky provided the love, guidance, mentoring, and supportive family environment that Jimmy had previously lacked. Now this saintly Pirate cheers on her son and his team during every Saints game. Hear Becky share her amazing story of determination, sacrifice and triumph when she visits the ECU campus.
Wednesday, February 20
Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center
East Carolina University
Watch Becky and Jimmy's story on ESPN:
This event is free and open to students, staff, alumni, and the general public.
Free parking is available in the main lot behind Mendenhall Student Center.
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For questions or more information on this event, contact:
Michael S. Kowalczyk '09, '10
Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least 48 hours prior to the event at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY).