The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football, wrestling and men's basketball teams took part in 2010 Operation Move-In throughout campus today. Operation Move-In is a program dedicated to make the freshman move-in experience as smooth as possible. Hundreds of faculty, staff, students and community volunteers take part in the event each year, including many members of Mocs Athletics.
"This is a great way for us to get out and stay involved with campus," stated senior football student-athlete Chris Pitchford. "We get to meet new people, see new faces and help out the freshmen who are moving in. It is also a nice break from the grind of camp."
Pitchford and his teammates worked the parking lots of the Johnson-Obear Apartments. The defense took the first shift while the offense hauled books, bags and furniture later in the morning. Today is the first day students can move back into the dorms. With enrollment expected to be around the 10,000-mark again in 2010-11, campus will be very busy throughout the day.
"We always jump at the opportunity to help out," stated wrestling head coach Heath Eslinger. "Our guys enjoy it and its gives people a positive view of the wrestling program, and Athletics as a whole, to see us out here helping them get settled into their rooms."
The wrestling squad worked the Boling Apartments lot this morning. Men's basketball took over the Johnson-Obear lot after football was finished at noon.
"It's great to meet so many of my fellow students and getting to help them in something as simple as moving into their dorm" stated senior men's basketball student-athlete Jeremy Saffore. Their support of us on the basketball court is so important, it's great to be able to give them something back."