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.
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.
“As college student-athletes, coaches and staff, we are truly privileged to participate in intercollegiate athletics, and we all believe that it is important to give back to the community that supports us so much,” said Nevada Director of Athletics Cary Groth.
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,” Groth said. “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. Men’s basketball student-athlete Keith Fuetsch and women’s basketball coach Jane Albright were the recipients of the inaugural “Give Back Like Jack” awards in 2011-12.