Songs of Inspiration

Tar Heel pitcher turns a class project into an inspirational song

Joey Lancellotti pitching

Tar Heel pitcher turns a class project into an inspirational song

“I needed an experiential education credit before graduation, and I wanted to find one that I was interested in, rather than just taking it to fulfill a credit,” said Carolina baseball player Joey Lancellotti ’21. “Once I found Music 269, it was perfect because it combined helping the community and music, which are two of my favorite things.”

Through the APPLES Service-Learning course, students were asked to complete a 30-hour service-learning project in which they designed and implemented a music-based project for any community, on or off-campus. Lancellotti immediately knew which community he wanted to serve.

Having volunteered with his teammates in the pediatric hematology-oncology division at UNC Children’s Hospital for almost four years, Lancellotti wanted to do something to support this section of the Carolina community. Working with Dr. Patrick Thompson, program director for the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship at UNC Hospitals, and a close friend from home, Lancellotti was able to create a song that touched the lives of the patients who heard it.

“I couldn’t have imagined that he would end up with something so beautiful, so professional and so meaningful to the patients that he worked on it with,” said Dr. Thompson.

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