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Rebels Help On Thanksgiving

Nov. 16, 2000

LAS VEGAS - Student-athletes from UNLV will be providing assistance to several Las Vegas charitable organizations over the Thanksgiving holiday as part of UNLV's CHAMPS/Life Skills (CHallenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success).

They will begin this weekend by volunteering as pledge takers at the "Care for Kids" Radiothon at Sunset Station. Sponsored by Variety of Southern Nevada, the 36-hour Radiothon will be aired locally on KOOL 93.1 from 5:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18. Student-athletes and coaches from the UNLV football, baseball, women's basketball, softball, track and field and women's soccer teams teams will work from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on both days as pledge takers. All proceeds will go to benefit children in Southern Nevada through Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer, St. Jude's Ranch for Children and Variety's "Bikes for Kids" Program.

Several UNLV track, baseball and volleyball athletes will also assist Help for Southern Nevada, which is distributing food baskets to needy families during Thanksgiving at the Commercial Center at Sahara Ave. and Maryland Pkwy. UNLV athletes will help prepare and distribute food baskets consisting of donated canned food items and more than 700 turkeys on Monday, Nov. 20.

Other student-athletes will help the Las Vegas Rescue Mission on Bonanza Rd. serve Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22. In addition, the athletes will help sort cans from a food drive.

"In addition to striving for athletic and academic excellence, the CHAMPS/Life skills program is also designed to teach our student-athletes that they have a responsibility to this community, and that responsibility is to make positive contribution to their community and to be good citizens," said UNLV Assistant Athletics Director Eric Toliver, who coordinates the CHAMPS/Life Skills program.

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