$150,000 Madness: UNLV NIL Collective Hosting Half-Court Shot Challenge

Last Updated on January 7, 2024

UNLV’s official NIL collective for its college athletes, Friends of UNLV, has partnered with Palms Casino Resort to launch a new donation drive sweepstakes to support their men’s and women’s basketball teams. Runnin’ Rebels fans can now enter to win an opportunity to shoot a half-court shot for $100,000 and over $50,000 in monthly and weekly prizes. 

Additionally, fans can partake in fun online games featuring a support pledge. Whenever a fan submits a pledge or participates in the games, they will receive a drawing into the competition for every dollar they pledge. One lucky fan will win a two-night stay at Palms Casino Resort’s Hardwood Suite, valued at $25,000 per night. The experience includes a $300 dinner at the renowned Scotch 80 restaurant, $300 worth of spa treatments, and an additional $100 in Free Play.

“This promotional event is groundbreaking with a new and thrilling way for UNLV fans to support Rebel basketball student-athletes at a time when it is most needed, have some fun and win huge prizes while they’re at it!” said Friends of UNILV General Manager, Shayne Odum.

For fans to qualify for prizes, their donations start at $25. Each dollar donated will be converted to an entry for a lucky fan to be chosen to take the $100,000 half-court shot on March 5th when the Runnin’ Rebels take on the San Diego Aztecs at the Thomas & Mack Center. A two-night stay in the luxurious Hardwood Suite at Palms Casino Resort is also included for the lucky fan selected for the half-court shot. An exclusive experience worth $25,000 per night includes a $300 dinner at Scotch 80 restaurant, $300 in spa treatments, and $100 in free play.

“$150,000 Half-Court Madness allows fans to have a once-in-a-lifetime Las Vegas experience at Palms Casino Resort, have a shot at winning prizes every week, and even pay them back for their donation. Everybody wins! Says Odum.”

From now until March 5th, fans will have the opportunity to take part in the 150K Half-Court Madness. Those who want to register and enter a chance at the $150,000 by going to www.unilvrunninrebels.com, where they can discover additional ways to back NIL initiatives for Runnin Rebel athletes on the same platform.


  • Darian Kelly

    Darian is a Sports Industry Management graduate of Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. Darian hosts The Jersey Podcast and is a sports documentary fanatic who loves to talk professional and college football and basketball.

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