NSU students are key to athletics
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NSU students are key to athletics

Published 2/9/17

Matt Reynolds

TNE Writer

NSU athletics provides students with an opportunity to participate as a fan with 10 sports throughout their athletic department. The students are a key part in lifting the RiverHawks to victory.

Tony Duckworth, NSU athletic director, recognizes the fans play an important role for NSU athletics. The support of NSU fans, especially students, goes a long way in helping the athletic teams. 

“The student body is apart of the process of charging up our team,” said Duckworth.

One area Duckworth admits can be tough at times is fan support when teams are losing. Over the past three seasons the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs have posted losing seasons.

“Our home opener is always incredible,” said Duckworth. “We always have tremendous student involvement for homecoming. Both of those games there are great tailgating. The thing that we have to be better at is having our students engaged in those other three or four games. The reality of it is sometimes it is based on the success of the season. A lot of it comes back to the more competitive and the more successful we are in terms or wins and losses helps fans stay engaged throughout the season.”

The proof is in the statistics. The more wins, the better attendance from students at NSU games. Students who support the RiverHawks are looking forward to seeing more victories in the future.

“We have been down in football and basketball the past few years,” said Gage Park, Broken Arrow senior. “Hopefully NSU can get it turned around. It is always a little more exciting of an event when the home team ends the night with a victory.”

NSU has built strong support from the student body through Rowdy Crowd. The students who are a part of Rowdy Crowd are consistently at games. Although NSU may not always come out on top, there is a solid contingent of students that comes every game to support NSU.

“I have been apart of the Rowdy Crowd; it make the games really fun,” said Ross Smith, Checotah junior. “When the students get behind our team it makes the games more enjoyable. It is a fun time hanging out with my friends cheering on NSU.”

Each student is given a complementary ticket to every football and basketball game for the season. All other sports are free to the public.

For more information on NSU athletics, visit goriverhawksgo.com.

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