It has been a challenging 2020 throughout collegiate athletics, and especially this week, as the Mountain West Conference made the difficult decision to postpone all fall sports competition.
While the news is difficult, the decision was the right one, as our top priority has been – and will continue to be – our sincere and unwavering commitment to the health and safety of our students, coaches and staff. Clearly, they are all devastated but resilient and I feel for our passionate fans and community who support the Rebels.
We will work with the conference on a return-to-action plan in the weeks ahead, as our expectation is to be back playing in the spring. There are, however, real financial consequences associated with our new reality that impact our department. Foremost, is the significant loss of revenue through ticket and premium sales. With ticket revenue compromised, our obligation to fulfill scholarships for student-athletes becomes even that much more challenging. We will meet this essential need, however, it could come at the expense of excellence-based initiatives central to our championship expectations.
I am writing today to ask for your help. We need your support today more than ever before. We are in an unprecedented situation, but also challenged with an opportunity. We have come too far to turn back now. With this in mind, today we are launching our D5 Momentum Fund initiative as the D5 Momentum Fund 2.0 Campaign.
This critical initiative has a goal of raising $1.5 million by December 31. We are asking you, our invaluable Rebel Athletic Fund members, to join us in meeting this opportunity and investing in student-athlete success.
In this spirit, if you are able, I ask that you please consider making a gift during this campaign and help us continue to raise to a new standard of excellence for UNLV Athletics. These are tough times…but Rebels never run from a challenge. Help us overcome the consequences of COVID-19, live our mission and personify what it means, each and every day, to Be A Rebel.
We thank you, we appreciate you and we stand with you as we continue our momentum and, as Rebels, rise above the rest.
In health, happiness and safety,
UNLV Director of Athletics
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The Rebel Athletic Fund would like to thank Bob and Carolyn for their commitment to our mission and continued support of UNLV.
Both UNLV Alum, Carolyn received her Master’s Degree and Bob, Owner of National Technology Associates, who received his undergraduate degree, are committed to the mission of providing our student-athletes opportunities for success in the classroom and in competition.
"It's easy to support the school you love! Especially when we are fortunate enough to work with the talented team at the RAF!!!"
Gifts through RAF, like the recent and generous commitment from longtime supporter Matthew Frazier, enable this interaction. Through his generosity, Mr. Frazier allowed several of our student athletes to team with the Sewell Elementary School in East Las Vegas to target an increasingly troubling trend - student bullying.
Through a series of workshops and interactive sessions, our student-athletes demonstrated the dangers of negative peer pressure while exemplifying the importance of respect, fraternity and fellowship.
Scott and Rebecca Scherr knows first-hand the importance of supporting scholarships and are staunch supporters of Rebel student-athlete scholarships.
Both UNLV Alum (Scott was a baseball student-athlete from 93-95), successful physicians and long-time Nevada residents, they understand the impact a scholarship can have on the life of a young man or woman.
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Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
High School: Las Vegas HS
Watch now to hear how your INVESTment can make an IMPACT in the lives of our UNLV student-athletes.
The Rebel Athletic Fund is the fundraising arm of UNLV Athletics and assists student-athletes as they strive for excellence academically and athletically. We encourage private giving and volunteer leadership from Rebels everywhere so that we can strengthen the overall competitiveness of our teams. The generated revenue guides and inspires young men and women to achieve their maximum potential in the classroom and in competition.
Is designed to be a key part of the UNLV plan to not only field a perennially successful football program, but also place our university in the best possible position for any potential changes to the collegiate landscape in the coming years. The impact of the facility will be instrumental in improving our current players both academically and athletically while also having the ability to attract future Rebels to Las Vegas.