PortCityDaily: UNCW athletes to compete in Cape Fear Literacy Council Spelling Bee

UNCW athletes to compete in Cape Fear Literacy Council Spelling Bee

by UNCSeahawk athletes will compete at the CFLC Spelling Bee on Thursday. Photo courtesy UNCW athleticsW Sports

Members of the UNCW men’s tennis team will take a swing at spelling when they compete in Thursday’s 27th Annual Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) Spelling Bee.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church at 3788 Shipyard Blvd.

Seahawk athletes will compete at the CFLC Spelling Bee on Thursday. Photo courtesy UNCW athletics.

Three members of the Seahawk program that make up this year’s spelling bee team including senior Sam Williams (Bristol, England), freshman Andres Torres (Armenia, Columbia) and freshman Taylor Cramer Texarkana, Texas).

The team’s name in the spelling bee is “United Nations” since all three student-athletes hail from different countries.

The student-athletes will be challenged to ace a plethora of words ranging from “tournament” to words they might not have known existed in the English language.

Former Seahawk men’s and women’s basketball broadcaster and longtime supporter Wayne Jackson is once again sponsoring this year’s team.

“This is something that my wife and I discussed years ago,” said Jackson. “We felt it was important then and I feel it’s still important today, not only to the Cape Fear Literacy Council, but also to the UNCW Athletic Department.”

Jackson, who has been sponsoring a UNCW sports team for 11 years, believes that the student-athletes bring a youthful, positive energy to the event.

Head Coach Mait DuBois says he is excited about his players participating in the friendly competition.

“Our guys are very excited about the spelling bee and by nature are a very competitive group,” said DuBois. “The Wilmington community has always been so great in its support of our program and we are very appreciative it.”

“It’s a fun, family friendly and creative way for adults to have fun and highlights the importance and beauty of words,” said Erin Payne, community outreach and volunteer management coordinator for CFLC. “It exemplifies the hard work that many of our students have to endure on a daily basis in their journey toward literacy.”

The CFLC was founded in 1970 as the Wilmington Literacy Group to teach members of the community to read. As the organization expanded it became known as the Cape Fear Literacy Council.

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