FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Cars packing into lots and parents dropping off their kids is how you know the new school year is upon us all. On Thursday, student-athletes from a number of Northern Arizona teams greeted the incoming NAU freshmen and helped unload their belongings into their dorms on their first official day on campus. The day was spent in a continued partnership with Welcome Back Jacks.
Student-athletes from the NAU football, soccer, swimming & diving, men's basketball, track & field and cross country, women's tennis and cheer & dance teams helped the new crop of Lumberjack freshmen move into residence halls across campus. Hundreds of boxes and other personal items were unloaded from cars and hauled into Allen, Cowden, Tinsley, Morton, Campbell, Taylor, McConnell, Wilson, Reilly and Sechrist halls while providing the student-athletes with opportunities to get the freshmen excited about Lumberjack Athletics.
"It's nice meeting new people and introducing the freshmen to campus," said senior swimmer Monica Pruett. "It's rewarding because I look back to my freshman year and see how much things have changed now that I'm a senior. They ask what sport we play and one student I helped told me he's a lifeguard at the pool. He told me he'll come to our meets and it's good to get the word out there so they come out to support all of us."
"It was good to get out here today and lend a helping hand," added LeAndre Vaughn, a junior on the football team. "We want people to know that we're go getters and that we strive hard to set a good example in the community. It was nice to talk to the families as we assisted them with move in."
NAU Athletics hopes that the incoming freshmen class make an immediate impact in the stands at Lumberjack Stadium Friday night as the NAU soccer team hosts Arizona at 7 p.m.
The fall semester on the Northern Arizona University campus begins on Monday, Aug. 31.