Momentum Fund 2.0: A Championship Campaign


We are building something special…on a path to preeminence with the pieces in place to emerge not simply as a Mountain West Conference power, but a national player. We cannot allow the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine the progress made possible, in large part, by your generosity.

We expect to win and you continue to invest in the promise of success that we know you deserve. Simply, we have come too far to turn back.

We ask, therefore, that you embrace the D5 Momentum Fund 2.0 Campaign and its mission to motivate championship performance and deliver excellence on our courts, in the classroom and across our community. Join us, stand side-by-side with us as we turn adversity into our advantage and use this demanding context to vault past our competition.

Some will simply hold and bear down in an effort to wait out the storm…Rebels, however, never back down from a challenge. Instead, we will surge forward, on the strength of your trust and confidence, and emerge from this episode prepared to thrive. Athletic competition will return and when it does, we as Rebels will rise above the rest.

Please consider a Momentum Fund gift today and inspire Leaders, Rebels – Champions.

Click Here to Make a Momentum Fund Gift


"These are difficult times but we, as Rebels, always rise in the face of a challenge. The D5 Momentum Fund embodies this mantra, reflects our mission and represents our chance, during this time of need, to advance excellence through the success of our student-athletes."
- Desiree Reed-Francois, Director of Athletics

The Momentum Fund provides resources for student-athlete success and are broken down into the pillars below. Momentum Fund gifts support these critical initiatives for UNLV Athletics and keep our student-athletes prepared and positioned for success in the classroom and in competition.

In these challenging times, fulfilling our scholarship obligations to our student-athletes represents our top priority. When you invest in the Momentum Fund, you enable this essential service, providing our Rebels a Foundation for lifelong success.

To make a D5 Momentum Fund Campaign scholarship commitment, Click Here.

Momentum Fund gifts also help support transformational capital initiatives including the renovation of the Lied Athletic Complex. This multi-million project will convert the Lied into a state-of-the-art structure dedicated to enabling the holistic development of student-leaders.

Once complete, the Lied will offer the student-athlete population essential, leading edge services in cutting-edge fields such as sports medicine, sports science, leadership development and career services. The Lied will also represent a second-to-one recruiting resource, that will help attract elite athletes who personify our mission and lead by example: in the classroom, in competition and across our community.

To invest in the renovation of the Lied Athletic Complex, please Click Here.

It is often said that nutrition fuels performance...This premise is something that is becoming increasingly apparent with the Athletic Department. A new emphasis on health, wellness and nutrition for our community of student-athletes is driving new levels of achievement in all facets of student-athlete life.

With a full time dietitian now on staff and expanding nutrition-based infrastructure, including the state-of-the-art Fertiita Football Complex Training Table, Rebel student-athletes are fueling in unprecedented ways. The generosity of the Rebel Athletic Fund donor base continues to make this possible and it is clear - an investment in nutrition is an investment in a competitive advantage.

To help fuel our Rebels and enable life-changing growth and development, dedicate your Momentum Fund gift to Sports Performance and Nutrition by Clicking Here.

The Loyalty Circle (LC2021) is Rebel Athletics' elite stakeholder society dedicated to student-athlete excellence through philanthropic support.

LC2021 investments fund essential student-athlete scholarships and underwrite strategic, excellence-based objectives for the Athletic Department.

Highlighting LC2021 is the association between members and student-athlete scholarship recipients. LC2021 donors are paired with the student-athletes they support. The achievements of our student-athletes represent the greatest reward for our LC2021 donors, who see the impact of their investment through student-athlete success.

LC 2020 stewardship is second to none, with all LC2021 Gold and Platinum level members receiving LC-VIP passes which offer access to the very best experiences that UNLV Athletics can provide.

To join LC2021 through a Momentum Fund gift, please click here.

To learn more about LC2021, Click Here or call (702) 895-1533.

"Despite the COVID-19 challenge, we continue to build something special and support from the Rebel Athletic Fund membership is essential to our continued success. When you invest in the D5 Momentum Fund, you expand our margin of excellence so, together, we win in competition, in the classroom and across our amazing community."
- T.J. Otzelbereger, Head Men's Basketball Coach

While we know this is a difficult time for many, your support has never mattered more! UNLV Athletics faces extreme challenges from COVID-19 and we want to say thank you more than ever for your investment in our student-athletes through the Momentum Fund.

Here is what Momentum Fund donors can expect:

  • Recognition in the D5 Momentum Fund forum on the Rebel Athletic Fund Website

  • Content-based recognition in the RAF Weekly Report (issued every Friday)

  • Exclusive opportunities, through Zoom, to connect with UNLV student-athletes, coaches and administrators.

  • Exclusive D5 Momentum Fund Appreciation Events delivered through Experience RAF

  • D5 Momentum Fund Nike Tee

  • Double priority points (Points are used for FB and MBB parking allocations, postseason tickets, etc.)

Click Here to Make a Momentum Fund Gift