Student-Athletes Help With A Knight's Welcome

Aug. 15, 2014

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By Dan Forcella

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - With a number of UCF student-athletes already on campus, the athletics department and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) collaborated to help new students move in to their housing this weekend with `A Knight's Welcome.'

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"This is a part of our commitment to the development of our student-athletes," Assistant AD for Student Services Keith Embray said. "Our student-athletes are a part of the community that is the University of Central Florida, so we feel that it is great to welcome new students to campus. At the same time, it's important to let them know that their neighbors are student-athletes and they would always appreciate their support."

Members of the men's basketball, baseball, cross country, and track & field teams opened doors, loaded boxes, carried televisions and much more on Friday morning as new students made their way to their dorm rooms at both NorthView and the Towers at Knights Plaza.

"We wanted to not just help the UCF community, but also make the students aware of the student-athletes in the process," Rowing Student-Manager and SAAC President Kali Mills said. "If we can help the new students out, but also have them say `oh the baseball team helped me' and have them remember that, it could help bring more students out to our events."

On Saturday the rowing, softball, cheerleading, women's basketball, baseball, women's tennis and women's soccer programs are scheduled to do their part. Students moving into NorthView, the Towers, Nike and Hercules will receive the help of the Knights throughout the day.