|(above) Coach Gwozdecky gave away a hockey stick to a lucky Freshman student during the Pioneer Pep Rally on Sunday evening|
|(above) The Pep Rally welcomed the largest Freshman class in school history|
From: DU Athletics Website
The University of Denver Division of Athletics hosted its fourth annual Pioneer Pep Rally before the largest freshmen class in school history Sunday night at Magness Arena. All first-year and transfer students and their parents were invited to the festivities from 8-9 p.m. MT.
"Voice of the Pioneers" Mitch Hyder served as the emcee for the event which introduced DU athletics, traditions, coaches, student-athletes and facilities to the students and their parents.
The event was kicked off by the DU student-athletes welcoming the first-year and transfer students. Photos of DU's on-campus facilities were shown along with Learfield Directors' Cup celebration and 2010-11 athletics highlights videos.
DU Student Body President Sam Gerk and Vice President Olivia Hails spoke about Pioneer traditions and events before a video of the Official Ritchie Center Student Entrance was shown.
Pioneer head coaches were introduced and the coaches threw select gear into the eager crowd. Volleyball player Faimie Kingsley and men's soccer player Drew Beckie talked to the students about the Student Athletic Advisory Council and Orientation Leader J.P. Griego also addressed the crowd.
DU hockey captains Dustin Jackson and Drew Shore encouraged attendance for the Student Season Ticket Campout on Sept. 24 and the rest of the Pioneer hockey players passed out donuts.
The students threw mini basketballs from the stands in hopes of winning a duffle bag full of DU merchandise, and the evening ended with the singing of the DU fight song.