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Lumberjack Student-Athletes Lend a Hand for NAU Move-In Day

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Despite a rainy day in Flagstaff, the Northern Arizona Athletic Department partnered with Welcome Jacks, a volunteer group of students and student-athletes who helped guide students and their families to their assigned residential halls and move their belongings into their rooms, as a part of NAU Move-In Day.

Outside of residence halls, vehicles lined the streets and crammed into the parking lots as parents and volunteers helped students unpack their belongings and move in to their new homes for the academic year.

More than 4,100 students will move into their campus dorms this weekend in preparation for the 2013 fall semester which begins next week.

Saturday’s move-in was broken up into two shifts, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The student-athletes helped the freshmen move into Allen, Cowden, Tinsley, Wilson, Reilly, Sechrist and McConnell dorms.

“This is a very emotional day for both our new NAU students and most of all for their parents,” said head women’s basketball coach Sue Darling. “Anything that we can do to take the edge off I know is much appreciated. This was four hours of really hard work, but very rewarding work.”

Lumberjack student-athletes helped unload cars, carry boxes, move things into the dorm rooms, while also greeting the incoming students and their families with a big NAU smile.

 “I’m happy to help the freshmen move in today,” said men’s basketball sophomore DeWayne Russell. “If I were a freshman I know that I would appreciate this help, so it is great to be able to give back.”

Tomorrow’s set of freshmen can find members of the football, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s track & field teams helping out at the various dorms across campus.