FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Athletics Department used Martin Luther King Jr. Day to give back to the Flagstaff community. Lumberjack student-athletes, coaches and administrators joined forces today to help give back. Participating in various community service activities and a march, NAU was able to help celebrate the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“As an athlete, our main support comes from the community so we are giving back to our community,” said track & field student-athlete Darriel Banks.
While NAU student-athletes live out their dream of being a Division I student-athlete, it’s only right that on this day they help to lend a hand to their supporting community to help make Flagstaff a better and cleaner city.
“Even if it wasn’t MLK Day, it is important to give back to your community and as a soccer team it helps us bond,” said soccer player Natalie Gilbertson. “I think this is very important for the city of Flagstaff and it’s good to clean up the streets and give back to the city we love.”
Student-athletes spread out all over Flagstaff this morning helping with various community service projects, including packaging food, cleaning up the streets and graffiti,
“Flagstaff is our town so we want to give back to our community. We enjoy it when they come out and support us at our track and cross country events, so it’s only right we do what we can to help build that relationship,” said cross country and track & field student-athlete Futsum Zienasellassie. “We wanted to come out here and help out the community and in return they will support us this year.”