Community service

Christian Swint and Janet May Honored with Wolf Pack’s Best Community Service Award

Wolf Pack football player Christian Swint and administrative assistant Janet May were honored Thursday with the Give Back Like Jack community service awards from the Nevada Department of Athletics.

The honor is awarded annually to the student-athlete and staff member who best exemplifies the dedication to community service that was the hallmark of longtime Reno and Sparks philanthropist Jack Reviglio. Winners receive a plaque commemorating the honor while a plaque honoring all recipients is prominently displayed in the Hall of Champions at Legacy Hall.

A senior defensive back from Compton, Calif., Swint has spent the year volunteering with “Path to Independence” at the UNR Disability Center of Excellence. This is a program for students with intellectual disabilities to go to university and obtain a certificate. Swint supported a student in the program by attending an art class with her twice a week and helping her with homework and presentations. Swint also served as a work coach to another student who had a knowledge center sanitization internship, helping the student create a checklist, songs, and sayings to memorize his homework. He also helped teach students the social skills to interact with, greet and direct the public and colleagues.

Swint hosted a group lunch twice a week for Path to Independence students and attended men’s and women’s basketball games with them. According to his supervisor, he treated the students with respect and kindness and helped them gain confidence. A few of his mentees said the social opportunities were their favorite part of college. On the court, Swint played in nine games and made 10 tackles during the 2021 season. Originally a Nevada walk-on, Swint played 24 games for Nevada with 38 tackles, one interception and three passes defended.

May has been a valued Wolf Pack staff member since 2011. She works the front desk at Legacy Hall and is often the first person members of the community interact with when visiting the building or calling Wolf Pack Athletics. May has been described as helpful, friendly and a great ambassador for Wolf Pack athletics and always one of the first staff to volunteer at games or when there is a project to do or a race to run . May and her husband, Bob, are also active volunteers in many projects and activities throughout the year at Grace Church Reno.

“Christian and Janet are two great examples of the commitment to serving our community that is part of the fabric of Wolf Pack athletics and part of the legacy of Jack Reviglio and his family,” said Rhonda Lundin Bennett, Director Nevada’s Senior Associate Sportswoman. Release. “Christian has done a great job working with students with disabilities who might otherwise not have the chance to experience university life, while Janet is always the first to offer a helping hand to everyone in our department as well as their church and family. I can’t think of two more deserving recipients of our prestigious Give Back Like Jack award.