Former Student-Athletes to Be Celebrated at Salute to Champions

Olympic gold medalist Brandi Chastain is the speaker at the 2012 Salute to Champions Dinner.

Oct. 5, 2012

RENO, Nev. - Former Wolf Pack student-athletes will be honored as the University of Nevada will celebrate the history of women's athletics at the 2012 Salute to Champions Dinner featuring Olympic gold medalist Brandi Chastain on Thursday, November 8 in the Paradise Ballroom at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.

Former Wolf Pack student-athletes are encouraged to fill out the questionnaire here to share their stories, which will be featured on Nevada's website in the days leading up to the dinner.

Nevada will recognize former student-athletes in attendance and the history of Wolf Pack women's athletics at the dinner, which is being held in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the federal law which prohibits discrimination in all educational programs and activities that receive federal funding.

The evening will include no-host cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner followed by the keynote address from Chastain at 6:30 p.m.

A former member of the United States women's national soccer team, Chastain won two Women's World Cup championships, two Olympic gold medals and an Olympic silver medal among her many accomplishments. She was instrumental in forming the Women's United Soccer Association, playing from 2001-03 and leading the San Jose CyberRays to the 2001 WUSA Founder's Cup championship.

She is best known for her game-winning penalty shootout kick against China in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup final and her celebration afterward. The iconic image of her jersey-waving celebration was featured on the covers of TIME, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated and brought the women's team into the international spotlight.

Tickets for the event cost $65 for adults and $45 for youth (18 and under) and can be purchased by calling (775) 682-6965. A limited number of VIP sponsorships, which include eight tickets to a reception with Chastain and eight dinner tickets, are available for $900 each. Youth in attendance are encouraged to wear their soccer jerseys to the dinner.

Online registration is also available by clicking here.

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