GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Over 60 student-athletes moved into UW-Green Bay campus housing Thursday to kick off the start to their college careers. Freshmen were greeted by their future coaches and teammates, who chipped in to help during the moving process.
"It's fun to welcome the new students and families coming in but also to be able to do something with other faculty and students," said men's and women's cross country coach Mike Kline. "It's good to meet new people and talk about fun things like running. The hot and humid weather we have is perfect for moving in."
Senior swimmer Amy Burback (Waunakee, Wis.) helped new teammate Amanda Walker (Sun Prairie, Wis.) move into her new dorm room.
"It's exciting to get to know them as they're moving in and it's a great opportunity to welcome them to the team," Burback said.
The women's swimming and diving team will look to win its eighth consecutive Horizon League championship this season and have recruited freshmen to help attain that goal.
"I'm really excited because I've trained all four years of my high school career for this opportunity, and it's my birthday today too," said Walker as she was moving into her new home. "It's been a great welcome by my teammates and getting the chance to meet them before the season starts."
Move-in day is not only a chance for student-athletes to welcome fellow teammates but also welcome classmates.
"I think it's neat to be out representing their sports," said Kline. "As student-athletes we want to support the students and hopefully the students will support the student-athletes later on. It's all about teamwork."
As the women's basketball team works toward a second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it will look for assistance from its freshman class of Ellen Edison (Maple Grove, Minn.), Ashley Luke (Oak Creek, Wis.) and Taylor Thomas (Wausau, Wis.), who also moved into their on-campus apartments.
"It's exciting to be moving in because now we can finally be a part of all the team stuff," said Thomas. "It was nice of the staff to help because they don't have to be here but for them to take time out of their schedules to help shows they really care."
"We're excited to have them here, they're great kids and will certainly fit the Green Bay way," said head coach Matt Bollant.
With Thursday's move in day, freshmen student-athletes from all 16 varsity sports have moved to Green Bay to begin their college careers. A total of 771 freshmen are expected to live on campus this year. Classes for students begin Tuesday, Sept. 6.