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.


  • Support: Reach our budgeted gift goal which meets the annual costs of scholarships for our student-athletes.

  • Participation: Grow total active Rebel Athletic Fund membership to 5,000.

  • Retention: Maintain a 90% retention rate among all current donors.

  • Service: Instill a service first attitude among all RAF employees.

R espect and Sportsmanship.

E xcellence in all we do.

B alance of life and sport.

E quity and diversity.

L eadership and integrity.

S tudent-Athlete well being.


In the competitive world of college athletics, universities across the country are involved in a continuous effort to enhance the student-athlete experience. Philanthropic support, therefore, has never been more important. From nutrition centers and scholarships to state-of-the-art facilities, gifts from private donors accelerate competitiveness and enable life-changing community engagement.

At UNLV, the Rebel Athletic Fund (RAF) represents the Athletic Department's conduit to UNLV's community base. Through partnerships with individual donors, corporate stakeholders and private foundations, RAF works to secure support – in many forms – fundamental to the Athletic Department's important mission.

Expanding engagement with our community is essential to the student-athlete experience at UNLV. Support can come in many forms but all gifts begin with relationships. Our slogan “Us. Now. Las Vegas” speaks to what the community of Las Vegas means to Rebel Athletics. The Rebel Athletic Fund is our bridge to the community, building relationships that position our student-athletes for lifelong success.

- UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed Francois

UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed Francois

John Gladchuk

Senior Associate Athletics Director, External Affairs

Email  |  702-895-4729

Erick Harper

Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development

Email  |   702-895-1712

Mitchell White

Assistant Athletic Director, Development

Email  |  702-895-4497

Blair DeBord

Sr. Director of Development

Email  |  702-895-1237

Gary Plumlee

Director of Development

Email  |  702-895-4291

Michael Beiler

Director of Annual Giving

Email  |  702-895-1223

Rachel Porter

Development Operations Specialist

Email  |  702-895-3020

Mailing Address

Rebel Athletic Fund
4505 Maryland Parkway Box 450030
Las Vegas, NV 89154-0030

Phone / Fax

Phone: 702.895.1533
Fax: 702.895.3079