LSU Student-Athletes Assist at Move-In-Day

by Grant Kauvar
2017 LSU Move-In Day +0
LSU Student-Athletes Assist at Move-In-Day

BATON ROUGE, La. – Residence Halls on LSU’s campus were swarming on Wednesday, and with the assistance of student-athletes from 14 programs, new students were able to efficiently move-in for the 2017-18 school year while experiencing the great spirit of LSU. 

For the fifth consecutive year, student-athletes and coaches welcomed students back to campus as they hauled items from mattress toppers to mini-fridges in preparation for the fall semester which begins Monday, Aug. 21.

“It’s a great way to show what the whole community of LSU is about,” said LSU Baseball pitching coach Alan Dunn. “Giving our players a chance to interact with the student body shows an appreciation for what they’re going to do when they come out and support us on the baseball field. I think we do the same thing for the students coming here. It’s a great way to bring everyone together and show them what LSU is.”

Everybody’s spirits were high throughout the day as over 5,000 students moved in for the coming year. Student-athletes were spread across campus the Pentagon to the Horseshoe.

“It’s great to give back and help everybody,” said junior offensive lineman Toby Weathersby. “Your freshmen year is kind of overwhelming so it’s great to help them out. The best thing to see is the incoming freshmen having smiles on their faces and enjoying their time at LSU.”

Along with student-athletes, LSU President F. King Alexander made his way across campus throughout the day to help make the campus feel like a Tiger family.

“It helps build a bond between our student-athletes and students who may be big fans as the seasons come around. It’s a win-win to have our student athletes help,” said Alexander.

Wednesday was a great day for the student-athletes to give back to the community that gives so much to them. All of them were gracious for the opportunity to help out their LSU classmates.

“When I came I had a lot of stuff!” said sophomore women’s basketball guard Jaelyn Richard-Harris. “I appreciated it when people came to help me when I moved in. I’m out here enjoying myself. I’m excited to give back.”

“Being a student-athlete here means more than just playing your sport,” said LSU Head Football Coach Ed Orgeron. “I love coming to see the parents. I love to see the energy and the youth coming in. We wish all of them to have a great career. Some of these kids are our biggest fans. To touch the student body and touch the parents is important to us.”

The student-athletes wanted to extend open arms to the class of 2021 to show the incoming freshman what being a Tiger is all about.

“We’re just excited to welcome everybody to campus,” said LSU Head Softball Coach Beth Torina. “The students are our life blood.”