Momentum is a term often used to express positive motion, produced by a unified body, centered on a set of clearly defined goals.

In many ways, momentum fittingly captures the spirit and dedication of UNLV Athletics focused on building, step-by-step, a championship culture to prepare exceptional student-athletes for lifelong success.

Support received through the generosity of the Rebel Athletic Fund membership has been essential to the momentum that continues to build behind our athletics program, our coaches and our student-athletes. Our trajectory is sparked by dedicated student-athletes, dynamic coaches and an unprecedented investment in excellence and confidence rising throughout the department and across our community. Simply, it’s a great time to Be A Rebel!

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"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 reality of recent events, however, has demonstrated that we are not impervious to the impacts of COVID-19. Know that this pandemic has not dampened our efforts or execution—it has simply forced a shift in how we work, communicate and operate to advance our mission. Through technology and connectivity tools, our progress continues with a sharp focus on the health and welfare of our student-athletes, staff and our community.

Nonetheless, the economic consequences of COVID-19 present an unprecedented test. We will undoubtedly overcome this challenge…but providing our student-athletes and coaches with resources that align with our championship standard may be more difficult in the months ahead.





The D5 Momentum Fund Our Mission in Motion



Athletics Excellence

  • Funds designated to advance excellence-based objectives
    • Facility enhancements
    • Recruiting budgets
    • Sports performance
    • Strategic needs, aligned with championship success, identified by head coaches


• Innovation and Technology

  • Leading-edge tools to optimize performance during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond
    • Motion capture and data-acquisition technology/li>
    • Exercise science
    • Altitude training
    • Hydration
    • Recovery

Student-Athlete Success

  • Nutrition, health and wellness
  • Summer scholarships and student-athlete housing
  • Career Readiness – preparing our student-athletes for lifelong success following graduation






Dedicated stewardship will ensure impact on investment. We will carefully account for D5 Momentum Fund investments aligning funds generously given with important and potentially life-changing outcomes. Each week, in the RAF Weekly Report, we will feature those who invest while acknowledging the impact on our student-athletes, our coaches and our mission-critical goals.

Through these “Impact Reports,” donors will find joy and fulfillment through the act of making a difference.

Additionally, we will offer a series of appreciation events – through Experience RAF – to exemplify the spirit of selflessness that truly represents the foundation of this initiative.


More concretely, D5 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 Apparel Pack for gifts of $500.00 or more
  • Exclusive D5 Momentum Fund Loyalty Circle Silver Level Offer



"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



We inaugurate this initiative knowing that you, our Rebel Athletic Fund members, are also facing the challenges of this unprecedented challenge. Therefore, our offer to serve you stands…

Yes, the D5 Momentum Fund is an invitation to give…but we are ready to give back if you or your family is in need. Momentum embodies the mantra of our UNLV Athletics Department but it stems from the invaluable support and friendship that you offer, selflessly, to our department and community of student-athletes.

This initiative, therefore, is about us - our Rebel Athletics family. Ultimately, it offers a unique and timely opportunity to strengthen how we serve one another, our great city and a mission we share to graduate leaders, win championships and excel in all things – no matter how big or small.

Thank you for all you do, we are here for you and Go Rebels!

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