PHILADELPHIA – A new school year is about to get underway and the Class of 2020 has officially stepped foot on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Over the past two days, members of the Penn Athletics family have been helping to move in new students to their college houses in addition to assisting the newest Quakers learn about their Philadelphia homes in the heart of University City.
“We were once again thrilled to lend a hand in welcoming a new generation of Quakers to campus,” said George A. Munger Head Coach of Football Ray Priore. “I know that our group is bolstered every season by the sense of pride and community that all members of the Penn family feel and being able to partner with Penn Res and NSO to make the first moments on campus as special as possible is something our program enjoys immensely.”
14 Penn Athletics teams volunteered during freshman move-in as part of the university New Student Orientation (NSO) and in conjunction with the Department of Residential Services on Wednesday, Aug. 24th and Thursday, Aug. 25th. Participating teams included cheerleading, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, lightweight rowing, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, wrestling, football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, gymnastics, softball, men’s soccer and volleyball.
“I can’t speak for all of the teams, obviously, but I know that my guys were happy to be a part of Move-In Day,” said Penn’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Steve Donahue. “One of the core values for Penn Athletics is ‘Community Matters,’ and our team takes that to heart. I have always seen Move-In Days as a tremendous time to make a positive first impression with fellow students and their parents. There is an exciting atmosphere on campus during move-in, and I love that our team can play a role in fostering that enthusiasm.”
The student-athletes banded together to assist incoming students and families in learning about campus in addition to answering questions about the Penn community. The Quakers also helped move-in the Class of 2020 into their college houses – the hubs of intellectual, social and recreational activity - and provided assistance amid the excitement of the start of NSO.
NSO begins on Thursday and concludes on Monday, Aug. 29th before the start of classes on Tuesday, Aug. 30th. The women’s soccer team will be the first of the Quaker fall sport teams to begin their 2016 seasons – they’ll kickoff the 2016-17 athletic slate at home on Rhodes Field on Sunday, Aug. 28th against the Maryland Terrapins.