Aug. 27, 2004
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Most of the fall sports teams have been on campus for almost two weeks for preseason camp, and now approximately 250 of Lafayette's student-athletes have welcomed the first-year students to College Hill. Friday, Aug. 27 was move-in day for Lafayette first-year students, and the football, men's and women's soccer, field hockey, volleyball, cheerleading and cross country squads were on hand to lend a hand, as they helped the students and their families unload their vehicles and get acquainted to the dorms. The teams were organized into two shifts, according to Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick, Associate Director of Athletics. Keenan-Kirkpatrick coordinated the morning's events with the Office of Residence Life. The football team practiced from 6 to 8 in the morning, and then worked a 9 to 11 shift in relief of the other fall sports squads. Those student-athletes were up at the break of dawn to help the first-year students and their families move in from 7 until 9, and then hit the practice field to resume their preparations for the 2004 season. "It's rewarding to see how much the student-athletes enjoy helping out, and the first-year students and family members are grateful for their help," said Keenan-Kirkpatrick. "The parents are especially excited to have others who are willing to give them a hand with everything." The teams were wearing Lafayette Athletics t-shirts featuring the new leopard logo. The 2004-05 academic year is the third year that all of Lafayette's fall sports have participated on move-in day. The program was started by the football team in 1999 and has become a campus-wide event. "All the teams on campus are involved in community service, and they're giving back to their own campus community and helping with the major job that is move-in day," said fifth-year head football coach Frank Tavani. "We've been able to provide some manpower to help in the past, and now with all the teams participating it's that much better." Two teams will open their seasons on Saturday, as the field hockey team hosts Virginia Commonwealth at 1 p.m. at the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex. The women's soccer squad will get underway when it plays New Hampshire at the Vermont Tournament in Burlington, Vt. The Leopard football team will kick off its campaign on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. as Lafayette welcomes Marist to Fisher Field.