Retired Sgt. Kyle Fleming First to be Honored, During Football Home Opener

RENO, Nev. – Wolf Pack fans are encouraged to nominate potential honorees for the 2016-17 “Military Hero of the Game” to be recognized at all remaining University of Nevada home football games. The brand-new initiative is supported by corporate partner, EyeZone Nevada.

Nominees are currently being accepted for all upcoming home games, and each honoree will receive four game tickets, pre-game hospitality passes and apparel. Additionally, a videoboard message will pay tribute to the honoree during a timeout. Any active or retired members of the armed forces are eligible, and nominations can be submitted at Each submission must include the potential honoree’s name, rank, military branch served and his/her city currently residing, as well as a brief 50-100 word biography.

“Our entire team at EyeZone is honored to sponsor this promotion and to provide a great game day experience for some well-deserving military heroes,” said Dr. Daniel Rowan. “We’re grateful for the sacrifices made by members of our armed forces and look forward to seeing some of them be recognized for their service at Wolf Pack games this year.”

At the Wolf Pack’s football home opener against Cal Poly on Friday, Sept. 2, retired Sergeant Kyle Fleming was the serviceman honored as “Military Hero of the Game”. Sgt. Fleming grew up in Reno and enlisted in the U.S. Army in response to the attacks on 9/11. He served five years as a paratrooper in the 173rd Airborne Brigade and spent half his time in Afghanistan. Upon completion of his service, he returned to Reno to earn a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Nevada. Still wanting to serve his country, Fleming went to graduate school at the University of Denver, where he recently earned a master’s degree in International Security with an emphasis in Intelligence. He also earned a graduate certificate on Homeland Security.

The EyeZone Nevada relationship was secured by the university’s athletics multimedia rights holder, Learfield’s Wolf Pack Sports Properties, which works closely with Dr. Daniel Rowan and Dr. Mark Michitsch to elevate their visibility and branding opportunity with fans.

Nevada_property-logo-image“This is an outstanding promotion, and we’re pleased EyeZone Nevada is expanding their partnership with Nevada Athletics and stamping its name on what is an honorable way to recognize these service men and women,” said Andy McDowell, Wolf Pack Sports Properties general manager. “We’re grateful for the support of our corporate partners and appreciate all they do throughout the athletic season for Wolf Pack programs and our immediate community.”

EyeZone Nevada, with four locations in Reno, Carson City and Lake Tahoe, takes pride in providing top-notch eye care in Northern Nevada. Its staff boasts more than 25 years of optical experience to assist with eye exams, contact lens exam fittings or screenings for an eye disease or prescription glasses. For more information, visit

Learfield has long been immersed in the collegiate athletics landscape. In addition to the University of Nevada, the company manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for 120 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas. The company also supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup.