FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Members of the Northern Arizona University's track & field team helped out in the community on Veterans Day. NAU track & field's throwers helped out members of the community in true Lumberjack fashion as they helped split and sort firewood.
"I love being able to give back to the community of Flagstaff," said sophomore Travis Colby. "With all the support people give us the least we can do is help out someone in need."
Ironically Monday was scheduled to be the team's day off from training but you wouldn't have known it watching the team go to work on the six-foot high piles of wood. What would have taken weeks to get done with just one person was done in a matter of hours thanks to a strong turn out by NAU's throwers.
"We have a great group of young student athletes here at NAU," said Assistant Coach Oscar Duncan. "It was great to be able to use our physical strength as a true Lumberjack, honoring the Lumberjack motto in that respect."
Not only did the team make a great impact but they did it with smiles on their faces even turning it into a competition of sorts. Many of the athletes battled in games of rock-paper-scissors to determine who would get a chance at chopping the larger pieces of wood on site.
"Sometimes athletes don't realize how strong they are as trained athletes," said Duncan. "It's great for them to see how physical they are actually becoming as a result of their training."
This is just one of the team's many community service efforts it plans to assist with this year.