Community Service

Nevada Athletics & Community Service

Nevada Athletics has a long-standing commitment to giving back to the northern Nevada community that supports the department, and Wolf Pack student-athletes, coaches and staff spend more than 2,000 hours volunteering in the community each year.

Through the wide range of activities, Wolf Pack student-athletes have the opportunity to interact with the community which has adopted them, provide youth with good role models and enhance their own character and college experience. 

Student-athletes, coaches and staff make regular visits to local area elementary schools and the Renown Children's Hospital, hold autograph session, conduct camps and clinics, volunteer for local organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the Animal Ark and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and participate in community events like the Reno-Tahoe Open, Reno Balloon Races, Tough Mudder, Race for the Cure and the Reno Rodeo to name just a few.

One special event every February is National Girls and Women in Sports Day, which is an opportunity for children to not only attend a women's basketball game but also attend clinics with all of the Wolf Pack teams.

Wolf Pack Athletics has also forged an on-going partnership with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada toward the goal of creating "One Hunger-Free Community, One Pack." Wolf Pack student-athletes, coaches and staff have participated in volunteer activities with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in recent years, including packing food at the Food Bank, hosting a "Pack the Pack" Pay-it-Forward Party for the Backpack Kids program and holding food drives at home games.

Through the leadership of its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Nevada is competing for the Mountain West Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Community Service Award, a league-wide competition among league institutions. The Mountain West school that tallies the most community service hours will be presented with the award at the Mountain West Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas in March.

In 2015, the Wolf Pack won the MW SAAC Community Service Challenge.

Give Back Like Jack Logo

Give Back Like Jack

Nevada Athletics has put a name to its community service efforts: "Give Back Like Jack."

In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, the Wolf Pack has dedicated its community service efforts to the memory of the late Jack Reviglio, a longtime philanthropist in Reno and Sparks. Led by organizations that have been shaped by their relationships with the Reviglio family over the years, the "Give Back Like Jack" campaign seeks to inspire groups and individuals in northern Nevada to do good in the community in the spirit of Reviglio who dedicated his life to philanthropy and community service.

"Jack Reviglio, Western Nevada Supply and the Reviglio family have been so generous to Nevada Athletics and other community organizations," former Nevada Director of Athletics Cary Groth said at the time the award was established. "It is the greatest tribute we can pay to Jack and his legacy by dedicating our community service efforts to him and helping to inspire others in the community to do the same."

Nevada Athletics has also established annual "Give Back Like Jack" awards, which honor the student-athlete and staff member who most exemplify the dedication to community service that was the hallmark of Reviglio's life.

Give Back Like Jack Award Winners


Nicole Bus
Kaelie Reviglio
Rhonda Bennett

Swimming and Diving

Kim Anastassatos
Ariel Craig
Nikki Longland

Special Events Director and Cheer Coach
Swimming and Diving

Abby Steketee
Aja Johnson

Women's Swimming & Diving Coach
Women's Basketball
2011-12 Jane Albright
Keith Fuetsch
Women's Basketball Coach
Men's Basketball
Student-Athlete of the Week Athlete of the Week

Feb. 1  - Feb. 7

Mitchell Van Patten


Freshman Mitchell Van Patten placed fifth of out 36 competitors in the smallbore at the Patriot Rifle Conference Championships in Fort Worth, Texas this past weekend.  Van Patten has the top smallbore and aggregate scores on the team this season.  The Wolf Pack finished fifth in a field that included six top 20 teams. 

View all 2015-16 honorees.


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