Nov. 21, 2013
RENO, Nev. – With the holiday season approaching, the University of Nevada athletics department will provide free admission to some upcoming volleyball and women’s basketball events as part of food collections efforts.
Fans who bring a food donation to the Wolf Pack’s volleyball match on Saturday night (Virginia Street Gym) or to the women’s basketball game on Monday (Lawlor Events Center) will get in for free. Saturday’s volleyball match against New Mexico is Senior Night for the Wolf Pack and begins at 7 p.m. Monday’s women’s basketball game against Cal State East Bay tips off at 6:30 p.m.
The school will also be collecting donations at each of the Pack’s men’s basketball games this week – Friday night against Chattanooga (7:05 p.m.) and Sunday afternoon versus Morehead State (1:05 p.m.).
Next week, Nevada will be collecting clothing donations at the Wolf Pack’s football game on behalf its community partner, the Reno Rodeo. Fans are asked to bring new denim, underwear and socks to Mackay Stadium for Senior Day against BYU for the Denim Drive. The clothing will be donated to abused and neglected infants, children and teens who have been rescued from unsafe homes in 13 Northern Nevada counties. Kickoff is 12:05 p.m.
The food collection efforts are part of the 20,000-pound collection goal of the Can the Cougars Food Drive, which is sponsored by Nevada State Bank. There will be a presentation during the football game against BYU to celebrate the Can the Cougar promotion and hand over all the food collected to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
The donations will be distributed by the Food Bank of Northern Nevada this holiday season.
“We are so grateful for the generous support that the Wolf Pack fans offer to our neighbors in need,” said Jocelyn Lantrip, director of marketing for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. “It would be impossible for us to meet the needs of our community without these valuable partnerships. We thank Wolf Pack Athletics, the fans and Nevada State Bank for their support for this exciting yearly campaign.”
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is a regional food distribution and support system serving over 125 partner agencies in Northern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada provides and supports programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and Kids Cafe (dinner program), Kids Cafe Summer Meals program, Food Stamp Outreach and much more.
“As Nevada’s oldest and largest state-chartered bank, Nevada State Bank knows what it means to be a part of the community. We’re excited to partner with the Pack and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in an effort to help those in need this holiday season. With the help of Wolf Pack fans around the area, Nevada State Bank is hoping to help reach and exceed the 20,000 pound challenge,” said Sandi Milton, vice president of marketing communications at Nevada State Bank.
Tickets for the men’s basketball games and all Wolf Pack sporting events are availably by calling (775) 348-PACK or going online at www.NevadaWolfPack.com.
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