One Community, One Pack - Giving Back to the Community
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 5,000 hours volunteering in the community each year.
In 2014-15, the Wolf Pack turned in a then school-record 5,837 hours of community service to win the Mountain West Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Community Service Award, while in 2015-16, Nevada broke its own record with 9,432 hours of community service to defend its Mountain West community service championship. The award is given annually to the Mountain West Conference school that tallies the most community service hours and is presented at the Mountain West Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas in March.
Through the wide range of community service activities, Wolf Pack student-athletes have the opportunity to interact with the community that 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 and middle schools and the Boys and Girls Club, hold autograph sessions, conduct sports clinics, collect items and volunteer for local organizations like the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, the St. Vincent’s Programs and Habitat for Humanity and participate in community events like Iron Man, the Reno-Tahoe Open, the Reno Balloon Races, Race for the Cure and the Reno Rodeo to name just a few.
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 hosting food drives at home games. In 2015-16, the Wolf Pack collected over 1,300 cans and built a canned food pyramid higher than the cheer team’s human pyramid.
If you are interested in having Wolf Pack student-athletes or coaches perform community service for your organization or event, please contact Rhonda Bennett, Senior Associate Athletics Director (775-682-6981 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
In 2016, the Wolf Pack won its second consecutive MW SAAC Community Service Challenge. Read up on the award here.
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
Swimming and Diving
|Special Events Director and Cheer Coach
Swimming and Diving
|Women's Swimming & Diving Coach
|Women's Basketball Coach
STAR OF THE WEEK
2016-17 Student Athlete of the Week
Women's Swimming & Diving
After sweeping all three diving competitions, Sharae Zheng helped lead the Pack to a third place finish at the 2017 Mountain West Championships. Not only did she become just the third diver in MW history to win all three events, Zheng finished the weekend setting two MW records. As a program, the Pack has now won 14 of the 15 diving events at the championships, since Nevada joined the MW five years ago.
- ATHLETE OF THE MONTH