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Boise State fans issue challenge to Nevada...

From our friends at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada...

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The Hunger Bowl strikes again for the Nevada- Boise State football game on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Bronco Stadium.  In addition to the food drive for the Idaho Food Bank that will take place at the game, Boise State has issued a challenge to Wolf Pack fans to compete in an online virtual food drive, to raise funds for hunger relief in both areas.   

Wolf Pack and Bronco fans anywhere can visit http://hungerbowl.org/virtual-food-drive and click on their team's logo to make a cash donation. All Wolf Pack donations will go to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. All Boise State donations will be used for hunger relief in Idaho.  The Hunger Bowl challenge has started and is continuing through the end of  Saturday's game on October 19. 

Hunger is a very serious issue across the country and right here in Nevada.  One in four children in Nevada live in a home where there is not enough food for three meals per day, and one in five people in Nevada needs to seek food assistance to make ends meet.  Each dollar raised for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada can provide 3 meals to those who need them. 
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A Nevada graduate and former intern in the Media Services office in athletics, Katie Cavender received a promotion at the Mountain West this week.

MW Commissioner Craig Thompson announced the promotion of Cavender to Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Communications on Friday.

Now entering her seventh year with the Mountain West, Cavender will have sole managerial oversight of all aspects of the Conference website and social media outlets. She will play an integral role in the Mountain West Digital Network and continue to serve as a secondary media contact for MW football, as well as manage the league's publications.

Cavender, who was promoted to Director of New Media and Technology in July 2010, began her duties as Mountain West multimedia coordinator on August 16, 2007.  She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nevada in 2005. While pursuing her degree, the Elko, Nev., native worked as a student assistant in the Wolf Pack athletics department, primarily in the areas of sports information, publicity and promotions. Following graduation, Cavender spent a year as a public relations intern with the Pacific-10 Conference, where she served as the primary media contact for baseball, men's and women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's tennis.

Cavender came to the Mountain West from the Boise State athletics department, where she was the assistant media coordinator for the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl and provided day-to-day support in facilities, game operations and planning. In June 2008, Cavender received her Master's of Education degree in intercollegiate athletic leadership from the University of Washington.


Hall of Famer John Polish Passes Away

Today, the 10 members of the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame committee plan to meet to start selecting the next class of talented former student-athletes and coaches who will join that prestigious group this fall.

But as we prepare for that meeting, we learned this morning that a member of that prestigious Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame, John Polish, passed away on Monday at the age of 95.

John Polish was truly a legendary athlete in the state of Nevada, not just for his accomplishments as a football and track athlete at the University of Nevada from 1938-42. His exploits in high school were well-known and his lasting impact is still felt today as the top athlete at Yerington High School receives the John Polish Award. Below is a photo of Polish in action, carrying the ball in a 1940 game against BYU.

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Polish was a member of the second class inducted into the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame in 1974. The press release at the time said this about him:

"Considered one of Nevada's top all-time high school athletes, John Polish entered the University of Nevada in the late 30s to star in football and track. Raised in Yerington, Nevada, Polish was a sensation at his high school. He was a super-gridder, good basketball player and did everything in track -- sprints, hurdles, weights, jumps. Although hampered at Nevada by injuries, Polish led the Wolf Pack in competition in the late 1930s. He was a hard-running halfback in football and a superb punter. In track, Polish won Far Western Conference titles in weights, jumps and hurdles."

After his college career was over, Polish went on to a career of public service, spending over 30 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent. He also served in the Nevada State Legislature. He continued to attend the yearly Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner when he could.

Dan Hinxman of the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote a great story on Polish in today's paper. Our condolences go out to Polish's friends and family.

What Sets Our Graduating Student-Athletes Apart

Nevada Athletics held its annual graduation reception at Legacy Hall today, and Wolf Pack Director of Athletics Doug Knuth, a former student-athlete himself, took some time to congratulate the 34 student-athletes who are finishing their collegiate careers.

Knuth - who played tennis at the University of Connecticut - explained to the student-athletes that being a football player or softball player at the University of Nevada will be something that defines them for the rest of their lives. He also told them that while the job market is tough, their experiences as student-athletes have given them skills that set them apart from their peers, including an understanding of hard work and teamwork, time management skills and a goal-driven focus.

He also took a moment to recognize the wide variety of majors that our graduates have, including swimmer Misha Fotoohi who is earning her degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. Others include biology, chemistry, civil engineering, communications, community health science, economics, English, environmental science, finance, general studies, human development and family studies, journalism, management, marketing, mathematics, mechanical engineering, nutrition, psychology and secondary education.

Congratulations again to all of the student-athletes who are heading out into the world - we hope you enjoyed watching them compete and grow as much as we did!

Here are just a few of our graduates from the reception today (L to R): Christina Gough & Kayla Williams (women's basketball), Keith Fuetsch (men's basketball), Stephen Jeffers (football), Gabby Guieb, Kaitlin Sartini & Chelsey Larsen (women's swimming & diving):

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Wolfie Jr. Takes the Plunge

On March 23, Nevada's own Wolfie Jr. went where few of his furry colleagues dare to go... into Lake Tahoe.

Wolfie Jr. joined about 300 of his closest friends, including several members of the Pride of the Sierra Marching Band, in the Polar Plunge Nevada, an event that raised awareness about Special Olympics Nevada.

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And Wolfie and the band even found time to take part in a Tahoe version of the Harlem Shake.

Special Olympics Nevada provides free year-round sports training and competition to over 3,000 athletes in the state. More information about the organization can be found by clicking here.

Inaugural Chili Cook-Off a big success

Holly Aycock, Nevada's director of marketing and promotions, recaps the Chili Cook-Off:
The inaugural Wolf Pack Chili Cook-Off was held before 2013 Wolf Pack Silver and Blue Spring Game, presented by Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, on Saturday, April 20th.  Nine groups entered the chili cook off: Team Roberts; Moto Mud; The Hot Beans; Big Thick Steaming Bowl of Wolf Brand Chili; Battle Born, Tailgate Ready; Aultitude Tailgating; Wolf Pack Gridiron Chili; Spring Loaded Chili; and Nevada Cheer.

The morning of the Chili Cook-Off, you could smell chili in the air and before the judging, the Nevada Band and Cheer Team entertained all the tailgaters. Judges for the Chili Cook-Off were Keith Hackett and Rory Hickok (Senior Associate Athletics Directors), head soccer coach Missy Price, head volleyball coach Ruth Lawanson, News Channel 4's Alyx Sacks, Wolfie Jr. and Alphie. Each of the chili was judged on aroma, consistency, color, taste and aftertaste. All of the judges did a great job and enjoyed everyone's chili. 

The scores were tabulated and all contestants were invited down to the field at halftime of the game. The winner by just one-half of a point, was Battle Born, Tailgate Ready. Spring Loaded Chili took second place and Moto Mud was third place.

Battle Born, Tailgate Ready was presented the ultimate chili trophy to be displayed at their tailgates before every home football game.  The title also comes with bragging rights for your fellow Wolf Pack tailgaters. 
 

A Wolf Pack Fan in Afghanistan

Here in Nevada Athletics, our department motto is "One Community, One Pack." It is not just a slogan, but the mantra we try to live by every day as we serve our student-athletes, coaches, teams, university partners, sponsors, donors and fans.

Today is another great reminder of just what "One Community, One Pack" means and of the impact Wolf Pack Athletics can have, even thousands of miles from northern Nevada.

We received the following letter from First Lieutenant Jacob Ingebritson of Midvale, Utah. He sent it to us from Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan. Rather than try to paraphrase his amazing letter, we thought we would share it in its entirety below.

We truly appreciate everything that our brave servicemen and women are doing around the world to protect us and hope you enjoy this letter as much as we did.

One Community, One Pack!

"Dear Cary Groth,

My name is Jacob Ingebritson; I am a platoon leader with Bravo Company, 1-211th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Storm, Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan. I am writing on behalf of some of the soldiers of my platoon. I am truly honored to be their platoon leader; they perform marvelously while being subjected to the unforgiving conditions of combat. It is a privilege to be a part of such an honorable group of soldiers.

Watching games on American Forces Network (AFN), streaming the games on the internet (if the bandwidth here allows) or watching taped games by family members is one of the few reprieves we get from the harsh conditions of being deployed. Many of my fellow soldiers, me included, are big Wolf Pack fans. We make every effort to watch or listen to as many Wolf Pack games as possible, which is as close as we can get to feeling like we are not in a combat zone. The games are the highlight of our time here for many of us due to the camaraderie amongst soldiers and the pure enjoyment of sports. It is the closest feeling we have to being back home with friends and family watching a game. Also, during these games is one of the few times we are allowed to wear something other than our issued uniform, albeit for only a few hours.

When I first joined my unit, I was the only Wolf Pack fan to be found. I have been a Wolf Pack fan for as long as I can remember. Some of my most beloved memories are the time I spent with my father watching, listening or talking about Wolf Pack games or players. Over time, I slowly started to convert as many as possible, with determination and perseverance I won over a devoted group of soldiers.

Below you will find a picture of the Buccaneers; there are a total of 50 of us here in Shindand. Out of the 50 of us, there are a total of 15 Wolf Pack fans that watch as many games as possible, myself included.

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I am standing just to the left of the flag, with my arms crossed. We are standing with one of our AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters. I am humbled to be a member of this group of soldiers.

There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a Wolf Pack football game, from the fans, to the boisterous student section, to the passion the players bring to each and every play. I am proud to be a Nevada Wolf Pack fan! Please know there are a group of devoted, passionate Wolf Pack fans here in Afghanistan.

As our deployment comes to an end, please know that the time we spent together enjoying Wolf Pack games are some of the most cherished and valued memories we will have from Afghanistan. By the time this letter reaches you, we will be back in the United States after a full year of being deployed. Thank you for making our deployment endurable.

On behalf of the Bravo Company "Buccaneers," thank you for your time and all the very best to the Nevada Wolf Pack!

Sincerely,
1LT Jacob Ingebritson"

Want a Tattoo Like Colin Kaepernick?

For the first time in the four-year history of the Blue Tie Ball, Nevada's scholarship gala, event attendees and even those who can't make the dinner can bid on a host of great silent auction items using their cell phones.

Nevada's special events director Heather Dixon has spent the last few months gathering over 100 great items for the silent auction, many of which have been donated by individuals and local businesses

One of the most unique items up for bid is a four-hour session with former Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick's tattoo artist, Nes Androin, owner of Endless Ink. Other items include artwork, jewelry, dining and entertainment packages, restaurant  autographed jerseys and balls and travel experiences with the Wolf Pack teams, just to name a few. A complete list of items up for bid is available here.

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New this year is the ability to bid using a mobile bidding system run by GiveSmart. Wolf Pack fans can start bidding on the items now by registering their cell phones here. Fans can bid even if they aren't going to be able to make this year's event and can register to receive text messages when they have been outbid on an item.

Less than 75 tickets are still available for purchase for the Blue Tie Ball, which is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. Tickets cost $175 each and tables of 10 are available for $1750. The Peppermill is also offering room packages for guests attending the Blue Tie Ball.

More information is available by calling (775) 682-6965 or clicking here.

Wolf Pack Shout-out

The Wolf Pack and the University of Nevada got a shout-out on the popular NBC sitcom, 1600 Penn, last week.

The First Son, Skip, proudly shared his diploma and his numerous minors from his seven years of study with his family in this clip, and proclaimed his Wolf Pack pride in a job interview with NASA in this clip.

Great to see the Wolf Pack mentioned in primetime!

Wolf Pack Shares Valentine Wishes


photo.JPGOne student-athlete wrote in French, his native language, and others shared personal stories or inspirational sayings, but regardless of the sentiments, all 16 of Nevada's teams have joined together to make sure that a group of local elementary school students enjoy Valentine's Day this week.

Each team adopted a classroom at Mt. Rose Elementary School in Reno and wrote out Valentines that will be given out at the school this week. The student-athletes wanted to make sure that every student at the school received one of the cards, which are decorated with hearts and a Wolf Pack logo.

We hope that every Wolf Pack fan out there has a Happy Valentine's Day too!

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