||These are the special weeks we look forward to in this business and we are happy we get to share the experiences with you - our great fans. It's an EXCITING week to be a Rebel! Thanks for being a part of all the great things going on with UNLV Athletics:
REBEL ATHLETIC FUND ENHANCEMENTS, UPDATES
We will be mailing out RAF renewals as well as football ticket renewals in early March. In an effort to keep growing the Runnin' Rebel basketball program nationally, we are making some much-needed adjustments having to do with priority seating scholarship donation levels for men's basketball and the benefits offered through the RAF. We will be making slight increases to the donation levels as well as increasing the number of seats in the arena that have a donation attached to a season ticket purchase. This is only the second increase in the past 11 years and for UNLV to remain competitive on the national scene and grow to become the program we all want it to be, these updates are a must. Please click here for more information on the updates. Thank you for supporting YOUR Runnin' Rebels. The community's increased support of the program in recent years has helped the program rise to where it is now. And, together, we can keep growing it under one of the finest young head coaches in the nation, Dave Rice. THANK YOU and Let's Run.
REBEL BASEBALL HOME OPENER - TONIGHT!
It's a $2 Tuesday and Linda and I are looking forward to seeing a lot of fans out at the ballpark tonight for the Rebel Baseball home opener. All tickets, food and beverages are just $2 tonight (and for every Tuesday home game this season) as UNLV opens up a 13-game homestand with Opening Night at 6 p.m. vs. CSU Bakersfield at Wilson Stadium. Kids 12-and-under are always free... With 23 local players on his roster, coach Tim Chambers' squad is set to become a Las Vegas favorite. So tune into ESPN Radio 1100 AM starting at 3 p.m. today as they will be broadcasting live from the stadium for the pre-game show. See you tonight. Play ball!
MOUNTAIN WEST BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT TICKETS SET TO BE MAILED
For those who ordered through UNLV Athletics, tickets to the Mountain West Basketball Championships at the Thomas & Mack Center (March 7-10) will be mailed to fans in the next few days. UNLV Athletics does not have any more tickets available from its allotment...Single session tickets for the tournament go on sale Thursday through UNLVtickets.com or by calling (702) 739-FANS (3267).
LEAVE YOUR RUNNIN' REBEL LEGACY - LEGACY TILE PROJECT FOR MENDENHALL CENTER
Leave your mark on Runnin' Rebel Basketball by purchasing a Legacy Tile and help us put the finishing touches on the magnificent new Mendenall Center Practice Facility. A black granite tile engraved with your name, family's name or business name will forever be placed on the outside of the Mendenhall Center for a donation of $500 (8" x 8" tile) or $1000 (16" x 8" tile). For more information, contact the Rebel Athletic Fund at (702) 895-1533, email Derek.Gossler@unlv.edu or click here. Act now - this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build your own Runnin' Rebel Legacy.
RUNNIN' REBELS - WEAR WHITE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT
Obviously, our Runnin' Rebels have a big game at Colorado State this Wednesday. However, Saturday is going to be a special night at the Thomas & Mack Center as we honor a very important senior class - Oscar Bellfield, Brice Massamba, Chace Stanback and Kendall Wallace. The four seniors are expected to leave UNLV having each played in three NCAA Tournaments - something no senior has done in nearly 20 years with the program. Please help us honor them by WEARING WHITE this Saturday as they take on Wyoming during the annual Senior Night White Out... The first 5,000 fans will receive a free white Let's Run t-shirt as well as Senior Posters. Please arrive early for the special pre-game ceremony to honor our graduating student-athletes. (And, we are happy to announce, all are on track to receive their diplomas this spring or summer.)
NCAA TOURNAMENT TICKET INFORMATION
All Rebel Athletic Fund members and Runnin' Rebel season ticket holders will be receive an email update soon about the process to request tickets for the upcoming NCAA Tournament through UNLV's allotment. The process will be very similar to last year and priority will be based on RAF priority points.
SELECTION SUNDAY EVENT AT THE THOMAS & MACK CENTER
Fans are invited to join us at the Thomas & Mack Center on Sunday, March 11, for a Selection Sunday viewing event to watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show live on CBS with the Runnin' Rebels. The event will be free and doors to the Thomas & Mack Center will open at 2 p.m. Seating is general admission. The CBS show begins at 3 p.m. with a short program set to being at 2:45 p.m... Fans are then encouraged to attend the Selection Sunday After Party - presented by Rebel Swag - at the Hooters Casino Hotel (115 E. Tropicana Ave.), just minutes from the Thomas & Mack Center, beginning at 4 p.m. There will be free food for fans as well as drink specials. The event is being hosted by former Runnin' Rebel Anderson Hunt, the MVP of the 1990 Final Four.
LADY REBELS SENIOR NIGHT - WEDNESDAY
Like our men, the Lady Rebels will also be saying goodbye to a special group of four seniors that helped to redefine a program - Sandrine Nzeukoe, Lenita Sanford, Jamie Smith and Markiell Styles. The Lady Rebels (21-8) will end their best regular season in almost a decade this Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against Colorado State in the Cox Pavilion. It will be Senior Night with 2-for-1 tickets. (Tickets are normally $8.) Kids 12-and-under are always free... UNLV and Colorado State are tied for second place in the Mountain West at 9-4 and the winner of this game will decide which team gets the No. 2 seed in the MW Tournament.
REBEL SOFTBALL RETURNS HOME, LAST HOME GAMES FOR A MONTH
This weekend will be your last chance to catch Rebel Softball at home until April as UNLV plays host to the Eller Media Stadium Classic this Friday-Sunday. The Rebels - picked to finish second in the Mountain West - are 7-7 on the season after three tournaments already this year. Friday: Seton Hall vs. UNLV - 3:45 p.m. & New Mexico State vs. UNLV - 6 p.m. Saturday: Florida Atlantic vs. UNLV - 3:45 p.m. & Illinois vs. UNLV - 6 p.m. Sunday: Seton Hall vs. UNLV - 1:30 p.m.
UNR vs. UNLV BASEBALL - FRIDAY-SUNDAY - RUNNIN' REBEL PROMOTION ON SUNDAY
Rebel Baseball will face-off against the Wolf Pack from Nevada, Reno this Friday-Sunday at Wilson Stadium - 6 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday... To celebrate the successful Runnin' Rebel basketball regular season (which concludes on Saturday), any fan bringing a ticket to a past UNLV basketball game will be admitted to Sunday's baseball game FOR FREE.
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE RUNNIN' REBEL EXPERIENCE
Click here to access the fan survey about your experience at Runnin' Rebel basketball home games. We appreciate your feedback to help us keep the environment at the Thomas & Mack Center one of the best in the nation for college basketball.
MEN'S GOLFERS KEEP WINNING
The No. 11 UNLV men's golf team won this past weekend at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif., marking its fourth win in six tournaments. Junior Kevin Penner won the event for the second straight year while teammate Derek Ernst finished second. The Rebels will host their only tournament of the season - the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters - next Friday-Sunday, March 9-11. It annually features one of top fields in college golf and admission is free.
WOMEN'S TENNIS TAKES ON WOLF PACK FRIDAY MORNING
The UNLV women's tennis team will be taking on Nevada, Reno this Friday morning at 10 a.m. at the Fertitta Tennis Complex before hosting Northern Arizona later that day at 2 p.m. Come join us that morning for an important match for the squad. Admission is free.
REBEL TRACK & FIELD PROGRAM ON THE RISE
The UNLV indoor track & field team had six individuals and two relay teams named to the 2012 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field All-Conference Team earlier this week. In all, the Rebels claimed nine top-three finishes this past weekend, which were the most since 2000. Dating back to 2006, when the MW began recognizing all-conference competitors, UNLV's haul in 2012 is easily the most by the program in the past seven years.
REBEL SWIMMERS IMPRESS AT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The UNLV men's swimming and diving team finished a close second at the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships... The Rebel women's swimming and diving team finished third at last weekend's Mountain West Conference Championships.
THANK YOU for your continued support of Rebel Athletics. And, remember, this Saturday, WEAR WHITE and support UNLV.
For the Rebels,
Director of Athletics