This is always one of my favorite times of the year to be working in college athletics. School is back in and everyone gets a fresh start to do something special both academically and athletically.
We met with all 475 of our student-athletes - as well as our coaches and some of the department's staff members - on Monday evening in the Thomas & Mack Center. It's incredible to see so many fine young men and women together at one time representing UNLV and this community. We are proud of these Rebels and we hope you are as well. As always, we are committed to growing these young individuals academically, athletically and socially.
As we get started for the new year, I felt it was best to use this opportunity to inform you of the many, many new things our department has been working on to enhance your experience as a UNLV fan. Below is a short list. We hope you like what we have in store.
What's New from UNLV Athletics
As we get set for the 2011-12 year, we wanted to give Rebel fans a quick recap of some of the new things they can enjoy this season:
We have updated our website in both design and content. Get your Rebel updates from UNLVRebels.com daily.
Enhanced New Media Efforts
Are you a fan of UNLV Athletics on Facebook? Don't miss out. We have added exclusive content, specials and giveaways on Facebook for our fans... And be sure to follow us on Twitter at UNLVAthletics.
More Feature Stories
Former Rebel Yell sports editor Sage Sammons has joined our editorial team at UNLVRebels.com to provide more features on our student-athletes and programs.
Sr. Associate Athletics Director D.J. Allen - a lifelong UNLV fan - brings a unique perspective and insight to fans with his periodic column - "A View From Within" - on UNLVRebels.com.
We know fans love video stories and UNLVRebels.com features more than ever with RebelTV. Get exclusive inside looks at UNLV Athletics from RebelTV, featured on UNLVRebels.com.
"Game Time" Enhanced
Fans already love our weekly Game Time football and men's basketball programs on 8 News Now. This year, they'll get even more coverage as 8 News Now will also provide an exclusive package weekly for RebelTV.
"2012 in 2012" Rebel Athletic Fund membership drive
Help us make a huge difference for UNLV student-athletes athletically, academically and socially. We're teaming with our fans and the community to grow our Rebel Athletic Fund membership this year from 1,600 members to at least 2,012 members by the end of the academic year. RAF membership starts at just $100 per year. Call (702) 895-1533 or visit UNLVRAF.com to find out more.
More Value for Season Ticket Holders
With updated single game pricing for football and men's basketball games, buying season tickets has never been a better value for UNLV fans. Become a season ticket holder today! UNLVTickets.com or 739-FANS (3267).
$75 Rebel Football Season Tickets
Here's your chance to own your very own season tickets to UNLV Football for just $75. The Value Zone Season Ticket Package is the best deal in town.
More Coverage on ESPN Radio
Fans asked for it and we provided it. UNLV has teamed with ESPN Radio 1100 AM/98.9 FM to provide more pre-game coverage for Rebel home games this season. Coverage will begin 90 minutes before kick-off with ESPN Radio broadcasting live from Sam Boyd Stadium. Rebel play-by-play announcer Jon Sandler will then take over 30 minutes prior to the game for the official pre-game show on the IMG College/Rebel Sports Network.
Family & Friends Night at UNLV Football on Sept. 24
A pre-game kids festival and kids being allowed on the field after the game are highlights of the festivities surrounding the Saturday, Sept. 24 Rebel football game vs. Southern Utah at 6 p.m. Oh, and don't forget the great 2-for-1 Ticket promotion available for the special Family & Friends Night game.
Bobby Hauck Radio Show at Born And Raised
The Bobby Hauck Radio Show on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/98.9 FM will have a new home this season airing live from Born And Raised tavern/lounge at 7260 S. Cimarron Road. Be sure to join Bobby and Jon weekly at BAR - they would love to see you.
The Bobbie Bowl
Las Vegas loves UNLV head football coach Bobby Hauck and The Bobbie from Capriotti's Sandwich Shop. Find out how the two are linked this year at BobbieBowl.com
New head coach Dave Rice
returns to Runnin' Rebel basketball and brings his up-tempo offense with him this fall. Not new is the talented roster. With 11 returning scholarship players, UNLV will eye the top spot in the Mountain West and another trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Mendenhall Center to open this October
The Mendenhall Center practice facility for the men's basketball team will open giving our current players a place to call home and potential players yet another reason to come be a Runnin' Rebel. A special thank you to the donors who had the vision to build the center. It will forever change UNLV basketball.
New and Improved Rebel Kids Club
We've improved the Rebel Kids Club (RKC) this year, but kept the price the same at just $30 for kids up to 8th grade. Find out more at UNLVKidsClub.com... We already have more than three times as many members this year than last year at the same time. Parents are seeing the value in the RKC!
More Community Involvement than Ever Before
UNLV Athletics is as involved in the Las Vegas community as it has ever been. Director of Community Relations Bridget Byrne - a former Rebel student-athlete - has helped UNLV Athletics establish itself as one of the top community partners in Southern Nevada, with focused efforts on YOUTH READING, YOUTH HEALTH AND WELLNESS and PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT.
Rebel Reading Challenge Celebration - YOUTH READING
The Rebel Reading Challenge - sponsored by SuperPawn - is growing by leaps and bounds. Nearly 10,000 Clark County School District fourth and fifth graders from 40 different elementary schools will compete this year and, for the first time, enjoy a giant kickoff celebration on the campus of UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center in October.
UNLV coaches step up for Coaches' Challenge - YOUTH HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Through UNLV Athletics' partnership with the Southern Nevada Health District and CCSD, coaches from all 17 UNLV athletic programs will help to support the education of elementary students in the habits of good eating and exercise.
PTA Partnership is about Time - PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
No variable is more important in the success of a child than the involvement of parents or other loved ones who are helping to raise that child. UNLV's relationship with Nevada PTA and the "It's About Time" program encourages parents to simply spend quality time with children. UNLV Athletic events are great opportunities for parents to spend quality time with their children. And, kids are free to all UNLV athletic events, except football and men's basketball.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information on any of the above Community Outreach efforts, contact Bridget Byrne at (702) 895-1633 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For ticketing information, call (702) 739-FANS (3267) or visit UNLVTickets.com.
For information on the Rebel Athletic Fund, call (702) 895-1533 or visit UNLVRAF.com.
Rebel fans, thank you so much for your continued support. Please remember to ATTEND UNLV games, WEAR Rebel gear and TELL others about UNLV Athletics. We appreciate all you do.
Let's all GET OUR REB ON and have a GREAT Rebel year!
Director of Athletics