ARLINGTON, Texas -- With fall semester classes officially beginning Thursday, the UTA community was alive this morning with students taking advantage of the first day to move in to campus residence halls.
As they have for the last several years, dozens of Maverick student-athletes were on hand to assist students, their parents and friends to move their belongings into their new homes.
Members of the UTA men and women's golf, men's basketball, softball and baseball teams were each assigned to various residence halls and assisted in carrying boxes, bedding, clothing and other items.
The annual initiative was coordinated by UTA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the group's staff liaison, Tim Kennedy.
"To me, it is all about giving back to the UTA community," said Kennedy. "We have student-athletes throughout the campus serving and helping with Mav Move-In. One of the things this does is to let the incoming freshmen know that our student-athletes are here to not only compete, but also to serve in the community."
Among the responsibilities of UTA's SAAC is to spearheaded student-athlete involvement in various community service events. This year's president, track and field athlete Chloe Lewis, said Maverick student-athletes enjoy taking part in Move-In Day as well as other events throughout the year.
"It is great to be able to help the freshmen get moved in and help them get acclimated to school," said Lewis. "We want to show them that UTA is all about togetherness and humility. That is a big reason why we are here today. We are all Mavericks, not just the athletic department."
Men's golf senior Jake Greenspoon enjoyed assisting students move into the residence halls and remarked that he did not have the luxury of assistance when he arrived on campus as a freshman.
"This is my fourth year of doing this, so I have plenty of experience," said Greenspoon, a native of Houston. "When I moved in, I didn't have any help. Helping is a good way to help yourself feel better and feeling like you make a difference."
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