Torrential rain and lightning couldn’t stop 7-year-old D’Andrea Jackson from meeting her hero.
D’Andrea was one of an estimated 1,100 people who came to the inaugural Quinton Coples Community Fun Day at Southeast Park on Saturday. Coples paid for the day-long event — which included a pig picking, prizes, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and bingo — as a way to give back to the Kinston community.
The former Kinston High School football star was drafted by the New York Jets in April after a successful career at UNC.
Instead of having a party or celebrating his draft success in New York City, Coples’ business manager, Kurtis Stewart of Millennium Sports Management Group, said Coples wanted to help give back to Kinston.
“ ‘I want to do a cookout for my community,’ ” Stewart recalled Coples saying. “I think it speaks volumes about his character that he wants to give back as much as he does.”