OXFORD, Ohio - With the help of close to 100 Miami student-athletes, Miami’s Residence Life and various other campus organizations, more than 3,500 Miami freshmen moved into their campus residence halls on Thursday, Aug. 22 in preparation for the 2013 fall semester, which began Monday. With move-in starting at 9 a.m., seven of Miami’s athletic teams took the opportunity to greet the incoming students and help them move into their rooms throughout the morning and afternoon.

“Not only is it like doing an additional stair workout after our practice, we have fun as a team doing it,” said Head Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Coach Kelly Phillips, whose teams participated in move-in day. “When the new students come in, they are nervous and anxious and the parents are already stressed when they arrive. It is really nice to see the relief on their faces when they see their car being emptied in a matter of a minute. It makes the move for them so much nicer and it makes their first introduction to Miami a positive one. It's a great event!”

In addition to Move-In Day, Miami student-athletes assisted with the Welcome Week events on Saturday. The RedHawk Traditions Living Learning Community hosted their annual Kick Off event at Yager Stadium Saturday afternoon where Miami’s Hockey, Women’s Basketball and Synchronized Skating teams joined the 1,000 RedHawk Traditions students in welcoming them and engaging with them on the field while playing cornhole, ladder golf and other fun activities.

“It was really exciting seeing all the new and energized faces at the pep rally Saturday. Their passion and support is what makes Miami Athletics what it is,” said sophomore forward Sean Kuraly of the hockey team. “I told them they are the luckiest group on campus to still have four years left in Oxford. I can’t wait to see how the new class will impact Miami and realize how big of a role the students have on Miami’s athletics program.”

After the RedHawk Traditions Kick Off, the remainder of the Class of 2017 made their way to Yager Stadium for the Love & Honor Celebration. The entire class received a T-shirt with the Stand As ONE theme on the front and the fight song on the back on their way to the concession stands for dinner. After dinner, the Miami Marching Band performed their football pre-game show for the newcomers.

Once the band was finished, football captains Austin Brown and Austin Boucher, along with Coach Don Treadwell, and basketball junior Will Sullivan addressed the 3,500 students welcoming them to Oxford and Miami. The cheerleaders, softball, men’s basketball and football teams all helped to teach the incoming class the fight song. Concluding the Love & Honor Pep Rally, the band formed the Miami M on the field and the Class of 2017 filled the M and had their class photo taken.

Miami Athletics hopes to see all of these new faces at sporting events throughout the year.