As part of a longstanding tradition at The Hall, Seton Hall student-athletes and members of the athletics department turned out in droves to lend their assistance and help welcome the Class of 2018 on the university's official "Move-in Day."
One of the first service initiatives on the Helping Athletes Learn to be Leaders (H.A.L.L.) Program calendar for the new year, the effort serves to facilitate the transition process and provide a first-hand introduction to the familial atmosphere characteristic of Seton Hall, while furthering a tradition that has long seen student-athletes and athletics representatives among the first to volunteer a helping hand.
"I know my freshman year, I drove up with a huge car packed full with everything I had," said Tessa Lindner of the women's swimming & diving team. "I was like somebody please help me but my whole team was there to welcome me and carry my stuff which meant a lot to me."
Lindner was just one of many Pirates from a variety of programs on hand on Thursday morning to perform the same service for those beginning their collegiate experience in the coming weeks, a gesture that helps to strengthen the bond between athletics and the university.
"I think today's important because it shows the athletic department and the teams are really invested in the university," said men's basketball head coach Kevin Willard "The incoming freshmen, they are our new family and we want to make them feel at home and let them know we're here for them..."