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Lumberjack Student-Athletes Clean Up Campus on Earth Day

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona student-athletes took part in the City of Flagstaff’s Earth Day on Wednesday.  Several Lumberjack teams spent the day cleaning up the NAU campus.

“We have been building a relationship with NAU athletics, and it is great to have student-athletes out in the community,” said Bryan McLaren, from the NAU Office of Sustainability.  “Student-athletes are leaders in the community, and they speak on behalf of the community in many ways. When they speak people listen.”

Lumberjacks student-athletes from football, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, track and field, and volleyball all participated in the campus-wide initiative.

“We are committed to building a culture of sustainability at NAU,” McLaren said.  “Historically, it seems the University has been its own community inside the community of Flagstaff.  Instead, we hope to take on a new role and student-athletes are leading the way at creating a culture on campus and around Flagstaff.”

NAU athletics remains committed to volunteer efforts in the community.  The Earth Day project was proposed and initiated by Lumberjack student-athletes with more than 40 student-athletes taking part in Wednesday’s event beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing throughout the day.

“Having athletes take the forefront allows them to be engaged and invested,” McLaren said. “People become apathetic towards their communities, and change occurs through adjusting behavior.  Student-athletes' actions have power.  A campus-wide cleanup says a lot about their commitment to change.”

DID YOU KNOW… The Northern Arizona University athletics department ranked 78th to place among the Top 100 in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.  NAU ranked among the top 100 schools for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and 12th overall in the last 14 years.