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A GRAND UNDERTAKING

Our team’s annual trip to the Grand Canyon takes place this Sunday. The Grand Canyon is recognized as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The views are breathtaking and the majesty and beauty are unsurpassed. It can also be a great place to bond.

As a team building activity, we will hike 6.5 miles (4740 feet) down the South Kaibab Trail and eat lunch beside the Colorado River at the bottom. We will then hike 9.8 miles up the Bright Angel Trail (4360 foot ascent) and be on the rim in time for dinner.

THERE IS NO TRAFFIC ON THE EXTRA MILE

A shout out this week to our Assistant Director for Athletics Communications, Stayson Isobe. He was presented with the NAU Athletics Kick Axe Award at yesterday’s athletic department staff meeting for his service and commitment to our department’s mission. In addition to his assigned duties, Stayson continually looks for ways to improve not only the programs to which he is assigned - women’s basketball, volleyball, swimming and diving - but also the athletic department as a whole.

Enjoy the following video where you can see Stayson (aka Louie the Lumberjack) going “above and beyond” for NAU at the annual Phoenix Suns mascot day.

IT’S COMING NAU #NAU42614

There is excitement in the air this Spring surrounding NAU Athletics. Check out the new video on itscomingnau.com and follow the excitement on Twitter at @ItsComingNAU.

THREE QUESTIONS STARRING BRITTANI LUSAIN

Brittani Lusain is a 5’9 freshman guard from San Diego, California. She will spend the next minute delving into the life of a teammate while also sharing something about herself:

 

THREE WORDS

Erikka Banks, a 6’0 junior forward from Fresno, California and Grand Canyon hike veteran describes this Sunday’s undertaking: “Challenging. Breathtaking. Overwhelming.”

CATELYN'S COUNTDOWN

Our goals for the 2013-2014 season:

Win the Big Sky Championship,

Maintain a team GPA of 3.0 or higher,

Perform 150 hours of community service.

Freshman Catelyn Preston (Oregon City, OR) keeps tabs on important dates and numbers for our program. Drumroll please . . .

Days until our 2014-15 Home Opener = 219 (November 14, 2014 vs UC Irvine)

Days until our first 2014-15 Big Sky game = 274 (January 1, 2015 vs Sac State)

Days until the 2014 Big Sky Championship = 340

Days until spring 2014 semester grades are posted = 40

Hours of community service performed to date = 182

NAU BASKETBALL CAMPS FOR GIRLS - SUMMER 2014

Day Camp (Girl’s Ages 8-13) - June 9-12, 2014

Team Camp (JV and Varsity High School and Club Girl’s Teams) - June 13-15, 2014

Elite Camp (Girls grades 9-12) - August 3, 2014

Contact assistant coach, Karlie Burris, for more information: karlie.burris@nau.edu 928-523-9982

WEAR THE BLUE AND GOLD - SHARE THE PHOTOS

Friends of NAU Women’s Basketball, Steve Caverly and Scott Bockisch, show their Lumberjack Spirit from Flagstaff, Arizona.

Thanks for your interest in, and support of, NAU Women's Basketball. Until next week please:

1. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NAUwomensbasketball), Twitter (@NAU_WBB), and at www.nauathletics.com

2. Wear the Blue and Gold with pride (especially on Friday).

3. If you know of someone not receiving this newsletter who you think might enjoy receiving it, please send me their email address and I will add them to the email list.

4. Make it a great week to be a Lumberjack!

Go Jacks!

Sue Darling

Head Women's Basketball Coach

Northern Arizona University

sue.darling@nau.edu