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    Athletics Hosts "Welcome Back Pack" Dinner

    Aug 19, 2013

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State athletics department held its fourth annual "Welcome Back Pack" dinner to officially welcome the student-athletes back to campus, Sunday evening at the McKimmon Center.  Fall semester classes begin on Wednesday.  

    Former Wolfpack and Major League Baseball player Mike Caldwell, the keynote speaker for the event,  encouraged the athletes to have the character, heart and strength to be winners. 

    Caldwell set numerous records while pitching for the Pack before being drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1971 draft. In his address, he shared some of his experiences as a member of the Wolfpack baseball team under head coach Sam Esposito. 

    He was a member of the 1968 team that advanced to the College World Series for the first time in the history of the NC State baseball program. In his speech, Caldwell urged the athletes to find their own path and inspiration to achieve, and remember that dreams do come true. 

    An old proverb says "One robin does not a spring bring," which means one achievement does not equal success. Caldwell referenced the phrase throughout his address and ended by saying "Let's make one robin bring a spring," referring to each program having success during the 2013-14 year.

    Caldwell also revealed what he refers to as the "Four C's to success: character, concentration, confidence and commitment." 

    Prior to Caldwell's address, Director of Athletics Debbie Yow congratulated the student-athletes on their accomplishments in 2012-13, headlined by its No. 34 finish in the final Director's Cup standings. She also recognized all of the student-athletes who were named to All-America and All-Conference teams and echoed the phrase, "We are in it to win it".

    Student-athletes were given a chance to remember their successes during the 2012-13 season as the dinner concluded with the playing of the all-sport highlight video.

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