Aug. 27, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Long Beach State athletics continued an annual tradition on Saturday, as 49er student-athletes and coaches helped over 2,000 students move into the dorms as the campus of Long Beach State opened for the 2012-13 school year.
With the atmosphere of a tailgate party or homecoming, featuring tents, banners and balloons throughout the residential halls and parking lots, students and their families were welcomed to the Long Beach State campus with smiling faces and helping hands to assist with an exciting and hectic day.
Over 180 student-athletes, from 12 49er teams, along with their coaches and athletic staff members joined fraternities, sororities, and student-council members in handing out free water and lemonade, providing music, and lifting and carting suitcases and furniture to help provide a sense of community and pride about joining the Long Beach State family.
"Having the student-athletes involved with dorm move in is a wonderful event," Long Beach State head women's basketball coach Jody Wynn said. "It allows the student-athletes in our program to interact with new students and welcome them to campus. Welcoming the parents is equally important, letting them know that this is a fun place and their kids are going to have a great time here at Long Beach State."
Wynn said the feedback from the students and parents was especially satisfying.
"We get really good feedback from the parents," Wynn said. "They thank us and are interested in who we are and what sport the kids play. They are really receptive to learning a little about Long Beach State as we tell them as we walk into their dorm. It is really a nice event and the parents are pretty overwhelmed that all these student-athletes are out there helping lug boxes, microwaves, refrigerators, and bedding and everything else into their kid's dorm."
In addition, parents were provided with free ticket vouchers to enjoy their first Long Beach State athletic event, and over 120 took up the offer to see the Long Beach State's nationally-ranked women's soccer team beat Baylor in overtime on Sunday. Students will also have the opportunity to use the tickets Thursday, Aug. 30, when the 49er women's volleyball team hosts James Madison in the Walter Pyramid.
49er student-athletes were on hand from the beginning of the day to the end of move-in, which began at 8:30 a.m. and continued until four in the evening. President F. King Alexander also joined in lending a hand to bring in the new generation of students. The assistance throughout the day is just another step to confirm that Long Beach State's 19 sports teams are truly "Your 49ers" from the instant you arrive at Long Beach State.
For more photos from the dorm move in, check out the album on our Facebook page.
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