PHILADELPHIA --Nearly 2,500 freshmen converged upon University City last Thursday and Friday, officially moving in and beginning their years as University of Pennsylvania students. Members of the Penn Athletics family were there to welcome their fellow Quakers, assisting Penn Residential Services with Move-In Day.
12 different Penn athletic teams volunteered to help the Class of 2019 move into their freshmen dorms, greeting the newest generation of Quakers and their families and helping to ease the transition process and make their first moments as Penn students as memorable as possible.
“It was great to see a number of our players helping the incoming freshmen move in," said men's basketball coach Steve Donahue. "Being active members in the Penn community -- off the basketball court and outside the classroom -- is something that is very important to us. Helping at Freshman Move-In is a great way to make the freshmen instantly feel that they are a part of this great community. The whole move-in process is extremely well organized, which makes the entire day easier on students and parents. And I won’t say any names, but I think a few of our players enjoyed being able to flex their muscles when moving those heavy boxes!”
Members of the men's basketball, cheerleading, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, lightweight crew, men's soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, track and field programs participated in move-in.
"Helping at move-in was a fun way for us to make a connection with the Class of 2019," said men's soccer tri-captain Matt Poplawski. "I know we all remember how exciting moving in was for is, so it definitely brought back good memories. We were thrilled to be able to assist our classmates on those important days. The final report from my teammates was that all the freshmen we helped move in definitely did not under pack!"