FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Nearly 200 Northern Arizona student-athletes helped greet the incoming NAU Class of 2018 over the last two days in partnership with Welcome Back Jacks. The student-athletes along with a number of student groups at times battled the rainy Flagstaff weather and volunteered to assist the new freshmen and their families move into their new home for the upcoming school year.
The Northern Arizona University campus was filled with thousands of students who filled parking lots across campus with boxes filled with personal belongings to begin settling in before the start of the 2014 fall semester next Monday, Aug. 25.
Student-athletes from the NAU football, women's basketball, volleyball, swimming & diving, track & field and cross country, tennis and cheer & dance teams helped the freshmen move into residence halls across campus in Allen, Cowden, Tinsley, Morton, Campbell, Taylor, McConnell, Wilson, Reilly, Sechrist and Gabaldon. The last two days provided the student-athletes with an opportunity to meet the newest crop of Lumberjacks ahead of their competitive seasons while also providing them with another chance to give back to the NAU community.
"It's always good to help out with Welcome Back Jacks," said Roy Garcia, a senior on the football team. "I remember when I was a freshman and how much stuff I had, so being able to lend a hand to smooth the moving in process is good. It also gives the football team a chance to meet the freshmen early and to encourage them to come to our games."
"It was awesome to help the incoming freshmen and teach them what the first couple days of school will be like," added Hannah Hill, a senior on the volleyball team. "The parents and the students were really grateful. It's always nice to help fellow students out and we recruited a lot of fans to come out to our games."