‘Jacks Give Back and Make a Difference on Martin Luther King Jr. Day


2017 MLK Video Recap

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On a day that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Northern Arizona Athletics Department participated in its annual community service project by volunteering with several organizations around town.

Lumberjack student-athletes, coaches and administrators spread out around Flagstaff to give back in many ways. Some Lumberjacks visited food kitchens to make bag lunches, hand out food to the homeless, and prepare meals. The other volunteers cleaned up the neighborhood streets, installed fire alarms, sorted donations, and visited with the Flagstaff youth.

The Lumberjack athletics department made it a tradition several years ago to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day one of its major community service initiatives.

NAU student-athletes not only make a difference on this day, but during the entire calendar year. The department's community service goals have been achieved every year since Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos' arrival and NAU is on track to do it again in 2017.


Quotes from NAU Student-Athletes


Victoria Ewalefo - Volleyball

"Doing something like this means everything to me. I like to give back and help people whenever I can. I believe life is all about making valuable, lasting relationships. In order to build those connections, it's super important to help out and give back to one another whenever we can."

"Being a student-athlete, it's easy to get caught up in school and sports and to feel like you have no time to volunteer or do things like this. Being in this situation with our whole team doing it, it gives you the opportunity to experience something truly great and rewarding. To do it with teammates and friends just makes it even more special."

Kim Cifuentes – Golf

"I think it's really awesome to be a part of NAU Athletics. The department is always supporting us in doing community service and finding ways. We spend our day supporting our community because Flagstaff is so tight knit. It's a beautiful way for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club to meet us. It's a way for us to repay the community back."

Emmanuel Butler – Football

"Growing up Martin Luther King Jr. Day was always important to me and my family. It is always good to give back. I was especially excited when I got to NAU to see that they take the time out. It's truly a blessing to give back to others. You can truly change someone's life." 

Hanneke Lodewijks – Women's Tennis

"Community service is really important because it's good to give back to the community because they are doing a lot for us."  

Sophia Natsues - Soccer

"(On community service) It means coming together as a community and give back as one, especially as NAU Athletics, we are already a community in ourselves, but it is nice to branch out and provide people the help and service they need. MLK Day is not just celebrating one group of people; it's about bringing everyone together for a common cause. It feels good to give back."