Whole Rebel Academy


The UNLV Academic Success Center and the UNLV Department of Athletics are committed to the overall success of each student-athlete. The Whole Rebel Academy is a collaborative and comprehensive endeavor, providing proactive education towards total person development. The Whole Rebel Academy engages student-athletes through four areas of growth: personal growth, professional development, community outreach, and leadership/character development. We believe focus in these areas will best prepare student-athletes for life after sport.

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Whole Reb!

The goal of Whole Reb! is to support the development of a well-balanced lifestyle on and off the field. The Whole Rebel Academy recognizes how important mental health is to the student-athlete, and Whole Reb! strives to foster personal development opportunities that honors the intersectionality and experience of each student-athlete. Whole Reb! offers programs covering a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to: health and well-being, sexual violence prevention, personal finance, diversity, and communication skills.

Rebels Go Pro

Rebels Go Pro provides career planning, interview and resume critique, and career development resources. Rebels Go Pro is committed to teaching Rebels how to confidently translate and apply skills acquired naturally through their athletic experience into the professional setting.

Rebels with a Cause

Rebels with a Cause is The Rebel Academy's community outreach program. The Rebels with a Cause programming provides UNLV student-athletes with opportunities to give back to the greater community while simultaneously providing invaluable life opportunities for service and leadership.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has once again made community service an integral part of being a Rebel. UNLV student-athletes continue to impact our Las Vegas community. A record of 13,058 total volunteer hours were logged during the 2016-2017 academic year far surpassing the 1,479 hours in logged in the 2014-2015 year.

Community Partners

Goodie Two Shoes, Clark County School District, After-School All Stars, Las Vegas Rotary Club, Clark County Fire Department, College Football Playoff Foundation, Southern Nevada Health District, Kish Foundation & Matthew Fraizer.

Rebels Lead

The Rebels Lead program enhances critical thinking skills, facilitates character and leadership development, and provides opportunities for student-athletes to positively impact the student-athlete experience at UNLV.

Program Coordination


Sarah Wattenberg
Student-Athlete Engagement Specialist
Student-Athlete Academic Services, Academic Success Center
Phone: (702) 895-0658
Email: sarah.wattenberg@unlv.edu