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Student-athletes volunteer and serve (#GoNNUCrusaders)

September 15, 2014

While the 2013-14 year was a banner one for NNU student-athletes on the courts and playing fields and in the classroom, the Crusaders also excelled in another area: being a caring and generous part of the community.

NNU student-athletes did it all—from raising money to fight cancer to reading to kids in public schools.

“One of the things that makes me proudest to be part of the NNU athletic department is that our student-athletes not only focus on competitive and academic success, but are just as driven to be role models and to exemplify the Christian ideals that are the heart and soul of Northwest Nazarene University,” NNU Athletic Director Bill Rapp said.

“...our student-athletes not only focus on competitive and academic success, but are just as driven to be role models and to exemplify the Christian ideals that are the heart and soul of Northwest Nazarene University.”

The Crusader track & field and cross country programs hosted the Roger Curran race, raising funds for Health Education and Leadership Program scholarships. They also hosted Autism Awareness Day in April.

NNU baseball hosted a cancer awareness day and raised $700 through donations. They also held a free camp for Nampa Babe Ruth players. 

Like baseball, the Crusader women’s basketball team also battled cancer, raising $250 in donations at their “Play4Kay” night, and the Crusader volleyball team hosted a breast cancer awareness night.

The NNU women’s soccer team did its part, serving meals to hungry families in Nampa with the “Come to the Table” program and volunteered at the “Malibu Camp” this summer.

The Crusader men’s basketball team put on a camp at the Nampa Rec Center and worked as volunteers for Upward Basketball. They did cleanup work at Trinity Pines camp and the Park Place Assisted Living Community. They also worked as referees for Nampa Youth Football and read to elementary school students this year. 

All of these efforts were part of the Crusader student-athletes’ devotion to bettering the local community.

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