Student-Athletes Assist at LSU Move-In Day
Communications Graduate Assistant
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Students flooded LSU’s campus Wednesday, and with the help of student-athletes from nine programs, dorm rooms were transformed into new homes for the 2015-16 school year.
For the third consecutive year, LSU student-athletes and coaches assisted in Move-In Day, hauling refrigerators, microwaves and other dorm necessities to ease the move-in process and welcome the students to campus in preparation for the fall semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 24.
“I think it sends the message first off, welcome, and we are very glad that these students chose to attend LSU,” said Women’s Basketball Head Coach Nikki Caldwell. “The athletic department wants to show our appreciation to these students by making a small gesture of helping them with their luggage, with whatever items or articles they have and moving in. Anytime that you can have women’s basketball, tennis, golf and football together, these athletes give back to the students who obviously come out and support our teams. They take the time out of their busy schedules to be at our events, and this is our way of saying thank you and welcome.”
The rain may have impeded some of the move-in process Wednesday. However, the student-athletes could be seen around campus from the Residential College Complex to McVoy Hall assisting fellow students.
“The rain’s not going to stop us. We are LSU and as a whole, we are a family,” said sophomore running back Leonard Fournette. “They support us during the football season, and they have the same thing coming back from us. We are willing to help in any type of way.”
Easing the new students into their dorms, the student-athletes utilize Move-In day to show gratitude to their fellow students and extend a helping hand by acquainting the new members of the student body to the LSU community.
“It allows us to meet the new freshmen and help them get a positive charge,” said senior punter Jamie Keehn. “It can be a bit of a stressful time for some people, so we are just helping them out and doing what we can.”
“I think it’s really important that we give back to the freshmen moving into their dorms simply because it’s always tough adjusting, and our school supports us so much that we want to support them as well,” said sophomore women’s basketball center Alliyah Fareo.
The student-athletes were out to give the class of 2019 a warm welcome in hopes that the incoming freshmen see the friendly support of the LSU family - rain or shine.
“It’s just a good opportunity for us to give back to this great university that has given so much for us,” said junior pitcher Jared Poche'.