Traditions

Women's Athletics at the University of Nevada

Nevada Softball, 2006 WAC ChampionsThe University of Nevada sponsors 11 women's varsity sports featuring more than 270 female student-athletes. The Wolf Pack women's teams have won 18 all-time conference championships, including 10 Western Athletic Conference titles in Nevada's 12 years as a member of that league (2000-12).

Women's athletics have a long tradition of success at Nevada including a national championship by the 1979 Wolf Pack women's swimming and diving team, while Nevada's female student-athletes have earned 141 All-America certificates and nine individual national championships.

The University of Nevada has been perennially ranked in the top 10 in the nation in the Gender Equity Scorecard, including best in the country for its commitment to gender equity in 2006 and 2007. The University has also been recognized as a Diversity in Athletics award winner by the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport at Texas A&M University. The Wolf Pack has participated in successful legislative lobbying for gender equity funding and private fundraising to add three women's sports. Nevada added women's golf in 1998 and women's soccer in 2000, while the University also brought back its women's softball program in 2003 after a 14-year hiatus.

2012 - Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the federal law which prohibits discrimination in all educational programs and activities that receive federal funding. In celebration of the anniversary of Title IX, Wolf Pack Athletics has compiled the top 40 moments in women's athletics history at the University of Nevada. From the first victory by any Wolf team male or female in 1899 to the 10 Western Athletic Conference championships Nevada's women’s teams have won, women's athletics has a rich and successful history at the University of Nevada thanks to the contributions of thousands of student-athletes, coaches and administrators over the past 100-plus years.

Click here to view the Top 40 Moments in Women’s Athletics History at the University of Nevada.

Salute to Champions Dinner featuring Brandi Chastain - Nov. 8, 2012 at the Atlantis Casino Resort

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the University of Nevada will hold its Salute to Champions Dinner featuring Olympic gold medalist Brandi Chastain on Thursday, November 8 at the Atlantis Casino Resort. The evening will include dinner and no-host cocktails as well as a celebration of women’s athletics at the University of Nevada and a message from Chastain, the keynote speaker. Nevada will also honor the past Wolf Pack women’s letterwinners in attendance at the dinner.

Tickets for the event cost $65 for adults and $45 for youth (18 and under) and can be purchased by calling (775) 682-6965. Online registration is also available by clicking here.

Nevada and Pack PAWS, the membership organization committed to Promoting and Advancing Women in Sports at the University of Nevada, held the Salute to Champions Dinner annually from 1996 to 2009 featuring speakers including Lisa Leslie, Kerri Walsh, Lisa Fernandez, Mary Lou Retton and Jackie Joyner-Kersee just to name a few. The dinner will now be reprised as appropriate to mark milestones in Wolf Pack women’s athletics, including this year to mark the 40th anniversary of the passage of the 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.  

We Were All Athletes

Oral History We Were All Athletes Book Cover 250 px.

We Were All Athletes: Women's Athletics and Title IX at the University of Nevada was published in 2011 and describes the struggles and successes of the women's athletics program at the University of Nevada from the 1960s onward. Through interviews conducted by the University of Nevada Oral History Program in 2007-08, former student athletes, coaches, university administrators and others tell the remarkable story of women's athletics at the University of Nevada. Copies of We Were All Athletes can be purchased online at http://oralhistory.unr.edu/books_detail_wwaa.asp or by calling or emailing (775) 784-6932 or unohp@unr.edu.

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