Once again nearly all of the UBC Okanagan Heat student athletes were on hand on Sunday morning, ready to unload any car that arrived with a new student moving into residence and their entirety of their belongings thought needed for the new school year.
Over 100 UBCO student athletes arrived prior to the 8 a.m. start until the scheduled event ended at 1 p.m. All of the athletes spent those hours carrying items that belonged to the new students from their vehicle to their new home. Sometimes up a flight or two of stairs, sometimes down a flight or two of stairs, always down a hallway and to the door were the belongings delivered.
In all over 1,000 students were moved into the eight residences buildings in those five hours and with the help of the Heat the goodbyes were a little easier without the stress of moving.
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In September of 2006, after the completion of the Kalamalka and Valhalla buildings, making four residence buildings on the newly minted UBC campus, the varsity athletes were there to help. Kal, Val and the existing Similkameen and Monashee dorms utilized 35 athletes from the six teams varsity teams at the time to assist with the now growing production of residents move-in.
13 of those fall move-in days later the Heat student athletes are still helping out transporting goods for the masses on the annual frenzied day just prior to the start of classes. Keeping with the pace of the growth of the campus where the student population has increased trifold (3,000 to 9,000) the number of beds available and residences buildings has also increased. Those four buildings to eight and beds to over 16-hundred.
The Heat have continued to assist with the process of moving in more than 1,000 new students each year, now sending over 100 athletes providing the muscle to the move-in.
After this past Sunday, the number of student athletes carrying boxes, fridges, or pillows, and climbing up and down stairs total has climbed over 1,000, with the number of students moved-in somewhere between 12,000 and 15,000. The numbers are impressive but the good will created from this program is immeasurable.
Upon arrival many parents are shocked at the sight and assistance provided, but that emotion quickly turns to extremely thankful, when the very identifiable Heat members, all of whom are
flaunting gear that proclaims them a proud member of a school team, offers to unload the contents of their vehicle.
To further create a connection between the new student and their new school's varsity teams the members of the Heat will hand out schedules and other swag, all of this effort in in the name of school spirit and building a community from day one at UBC Okanagan.