April 6, 2013

NAU Athletics Celebrates National Student-Athlete Day

Photo (L-R): Laura Jabczenski (Golf), Alana D'Onofrio (Soccer), Len Springs (Basketball), Shayla Batson (Basketball)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU Athletics joins with universities throughout the nation in recognizing the achievements of student-athletes as Saturday marks the 26th celebration of National Student-Athlete Day.

The event honors student-athletes who achieve a 3.0 or better GPA and are actively involved in outreach and community service. Following the Fall 2012 semester, NAU had 169 Lumberjack student-athletes that achieved a 3.00 grade point average or higher and were honored with award certificates.

Thus far during the 2012-2013 academic year NAU student-athletes have completed over 3,000 volunteer hours locally. The football team alone has completed 995 hours this academic year, including more than 300 hours with the Special Olympics of Northern Arizona.

"National Student-Athlete Day is a terrific way to honor our student-athletes who are contributors in the classroom, community, and on the playing field," NAU assistant athletic director for academics Pam Lowie said. "Our student-athletes continuously do a tremendous job getting out into the Flagstaff and Northern Arizona communities. We have a great group of student-athletes who pride themselves on being role models for younger athletes, so it is great that the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) honors them each year."

National Student-Athlete Day was created by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and the Northeastern University Center for the Study of Sport in Society. It is co-sponsored by the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations. During the last two decades, nearly 3.5 million college and high school student-athletes have been honored for their outstanding achievements.