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Volleyball Team Takes Part in Special Olympics Fund Raising Event

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona volleyball showed its community support on Thursday taking part in a neighborhood flyer night at Chili's Restaurant.  The event helped raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics of Arizona.

The Management of Chili's in Flagstaff agreed to host Thursday's initiative for the Coconino County Sheriff's Office along with the NAU volleyball team who also participate in the day-long event. 

NAU volleyball and the athletics department at large are committed to providing a positive presence around Flagstaff, and the Lumberjacks' community service efforts and will continue to be demonstrated throughout the academic year.  Thursday's event offers an example of NAU's connection to the Special Olympics of Arizona and its commitment to spreading participation in athletics throughout the state.

Special Olympics of Arizona provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities and cause-related disabilities. 

Special Olympics gives individuals continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participating in sharing their gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community at large. 

The neighborhood flyer night sponsored by Chili's donates 10 percent of its sales as 100 percent of those funds goes directly to the Special Olympics of Arizona.

DID YOU KNOW…Student-athletes, coaches and athletic department staff combined to volunteer more than 4,500 hours over the 2009-10 academic year, assisting with events like Red Ribbon Week, Relay for Life, Welcome Back Jacks, St. Mary's Food Bank, Adopt a Family, Climb to Conquer Cancer. In all, the department participated with more than 20 different organizations and/or events.

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