Ed Odeven Reporting

This column appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun on Dec. 19, 2003

Former NAU runner gives back to Hopis

By Ed Odeven

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give,” British statesman Sir Winston Churchill once said.

Others have made similar statements, including: It is better to give than receive. These viewpoints shape the career path of many individuals. For instance, Juwan Nuvayokva knows the joy of giving begins at home.

It is there, on the Hopi Reservation, where the former NAU All-American runner has returned to earn a living. Nuvayokva is in his first year teaching physical education and coaching cross country at Hopi Junior High School and Hopi High School in Keams Canyon.

As he discussed the challenges he’s faced making the transition from student to teacher, Nuvayokva revealed that he’s satisfied to be able to give back something that…

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