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Chancellor Welcomes Students at Kickoff Event

August 16, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Liberty University hosted its fifth annual Chancellor's Kickoff, Thursday evening, inside Williams Stadium, one of the first official events on Liberty Mountain for the 2012-13 academic year.

Liberty's Class of 2016 has spent most of the last two days moving into their dorms and adjusting to campus life. Gates opened at Williams Stadium at 5 p.m. and the largest freshman class in school history was served dinner and had a chance to watch one of the final football workouts for Liberty's 2012 August training camp.

Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., officially welcomed Liberty's newest freshman class, treating them to dinner on the grounds at the stadium. During the annual kickoff event, Chancellor Falwell welcomed the fresh faces to Liberty's campus and talked with them about how important athletics is to the overall collegiate experience.

The remainder of the evening was filled with exciting activities and fun-filled competitions before Liberty's football team took the field for a two-plus hour practice. The event's schedule was geared toward instructing the freshmen on the Flames Football game day traditions.

Toward the end of the event, which included segments featuring Liberty's cheerleaders and the Spirit of the Mountain marching band, head football coach Turner Gill addressed the crowd.

The first-year head coach thanked the freshmen for attending and told them how important it was to support their fellow students by attending each home game. Following Gill's address, Alan York, the evening's emcee and the radio "Voice of the Flames," introduced the freshman football players to their fellow student body members.

The final segment on the evening's schedule allowed the freshmen to experience the culmination of Liberty pregame routine – the team's entrance to the field. Similar to home game days, the Flames burst onto the turf, taking to the field with enthusiasm just like they will on Sept. 8 for Liberty's home opener against Norfolk State.

The Flames Sports Network was on site throughout the evening, interviewing Chancellor Falwell and some of Liberty's newest freshman class members. The FSN video recap will be available on LibertyFlames.com.

The football program will hold one last morning practice on Friday before opening its gates to the general public on Saturday evening. Following a one-hour scrimmage, which starts at 7 p.m., Liberty football coaching staff members and players will hold a meet-and-greet session on the Williams Stadium concourse at its inaugural Flames Fan Fest.