FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University student-athletes have been a bright sight to see in the Flagstaff community and surrounding areas. The Lumberjack student-athletes take pride in giving back, and this past school year was no exception.
NAU student-athletes completed the most community service hours ever in department history. The Lumberjacks’ set a goal of 4,000 hours for the 2013-14 academic year – they eclipsed the mark with an instrumental 4,378 hours.
“We are inspired by the people in our community and it is a core part of our mission to serve the City of Flagstaff and the Northern Arizona region," said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos. “We believe that our outreach and service can also inspire the young, aspiring students and athletes in the area by exposing them to our outstanding role models here at NAU. I am very proud of the work that our students have done this year. We will continue to raise the bar and increase our service next year.”
Although there were many community service activities that the Lumberjacks took part in, some of the biggest events of the year were Welcome Back Jacks, Red Ribbon Week, Special Olympics, MLK Jr. Day March, Family Food Center, The Peaks Senior Living Community, and National Girls & Women in Sports Day.
"Our student-athletes have done a fantastic job this year in the classroom, on the playing field, and getting involved in the community,” assistant director for academic services Megan Greene. “We look forward to partnering with more local organizations next year and continue to emphasize the importance of our student-athletes giving back."
Each year a male and female recipient of the Lumberjack Service Award is given, and this year’s honorees were cross country/track & field’s Tim Freriks and women’s tennis player Malia Wahinepio; signifying them as the top student-athletes in giving back to the community.
Freriks, a senior distance runner from Cottonwood, Ariz., tallied 74 community service hours. He participated in Welcome Back Jacks, the MLK Jr. Day March, and spent most of his volunteer hours at the emergency department at FMC.
A senior from Anthem, Ariz., Wahinepio completed 76 hours of community service. She organized all team community service activities, including helping out with the Special Olympics and the Boys and Girls Club.
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