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One of the first questions asked by newcomers to the Southern Nevada community is "how good is the public school system from kindergarten through college?" (In this case, Nevada Southern University) . Contributing heavily to the idea that Clark County is a good place to raise boys and girls are competitive athletics, from interscholastic to intercollegiate. Many school systems and universities have found that competitive athletics spark academic programs and lead to the fullest development of the individual - which is what education is all about in the first place.

It is to Nevada Southern University's credit that fundamental programs of physical education and competitive athletics were included when the then infant Las Vegas campus of the University of Nevada first opened its doors on Maryland Parkway almost 10 years ago. Students and members of the community have a fierce pride in Rebel basketball teams, and rightly so, because this type of competition has stimulated other local students to stay "at home" for their higher education and has attracted students from other states and areas to attend NSU.

There is little doubt that the best possible investment the community can make is in its schools which return rich dividends in the form of productive, civic-minded citizens. And, the competitive spirit derived from competitive athletics is a basic cornerstone on which to build a better community locally in the challenging times ahead.


Basketball; Basketball — Tournaments; College sports; Programs; School sports; University of Nevada; Las Vegas


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University of Nevada, Las Vegas was formerly known as: Nevada Southern University (1965-69), University of Nevada, Southern Division (1957-65)