Golden Eagle Camp Notebook / Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009
Players assist at dorms with Great Move-In Day
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Golden Eagles football team has operated on a very tight schedule this preseason. However, with the academic year beginning on Monday, the players strayed from their normal regimen to help incoming TTU freshmen move into the dorms.
Several members of the football team gathered at New Residence Hall around 1 p.m. to welcome the college newcomers. Among those present at New Residence Hall were Marcus Edwards, Kedrick Towles, Taylor Hennigan, Zack Ziegler, Zach Salada, Cory McDonald, Jerry King and Cass Barnes.
Alongside members of the Golden Eagle cheerleading squad, the football players spent Thursday afternoon carrying mini refrigerators and boxes of clothes for grateful incoming students and parents. While the student-athletes put a smile on many faces, they also left with a grin, knowing that they made a difference in someone else’s day.
“It feels good helping out with move-in day,” said Edwards, a freshman linebacker from Alabaster, Ala. “It’s nice making someone else’s day a little easier.”
The response from the incoming freshman and parents was overwhelmingly appreciative.
“All of the parents seemed to be very grateful for our help,” said Hennigan, a freshman defensive back from Cookeville.
However, the Tech football players and cheerleaders got more out of helping with the Great Move-in Day than just a good workout. This was also an opportunity to meet their new classmates and draw some more interest in TTU athletics.
“I think we might have made some more Tech football fans today,” said Towles, a sophomore linebacker from Antioch, Tenn. “Hopefully some of the people we helped today will come out and support us.”
Story and photos by Steve Appelhans