Aug. 27, 2009

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore men's basketball team was part of the welcoming committee for the newest students to enter the UMES family. The entire roster of Hawks, players and coaches, volunteered their time and effort to assist the newcomers in getting settled into their new dormitories on their first day at UMES.

"The Office of Residential Life does a tremendous job acclimating the large number of students coming to campus for the first time," said head coach Frankie Allen. "We thought lending our assistance would be a small token of our appreciation for all of the hard work that they do."

The men's basketball players and coaches greeted new students and parents at Plaza Hall, University Terrace, Murphy Hall, and Harford Hall, then proceeded to help lend a hand moving boxes, bags and belongings into each student's new dormitory room. Many parents and students expressed their appreciation for the assistance with what can be a daunting task.

"As a father, I know what a challenging and stressful time moving into college can be for both parents and students. We wanted to do what we can to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone involved," said Allen. The players also enjoyed the opportunity to meet and interact with their newest classmates and fellow Hawks.

"The student body has always been our biggest fan base. We were excited to see some new faces and get to know a little bit about the new students," said senior forward Neal Pitt. "We are looking forward to a great season ahead and hope to have their continued support as we embark on another year together."



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