Friends of UNILV and Palms Casino Resort Launch $150K Half-Court Madness

Friends of UNILV and Palms Casino Resort Launch $150K Half-Court Madness

Fans can enter for a chance to win a drawing entry for a $100K half-court shot at Thomas and Mack, in addition to over $50,000 in weekly and monthly prizes.


(LAS VEGAS) January 4, 2023Friends of UNILV, the official Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) collective for UNLV’s student-athletes, is proud to partner with Palms Casino Resort to release a new and exciting donation drive sweepstakes that will support the student-athletes of the UNLV men's and women’s basketball teams.

Starting today, Rebel fans and supporters can enter to win a chance to shoot a $100,000 half-court shot and over $50,000 in other guaranteed weekly, monthly, and grand prizes by registering at Then, the fun begins with entertaining and challenging online games with a support pledge. Participants will receive a drawing entry for every dollar pledged and games played, plus up to $100 in Free Play or Dining Credits from Palms Casino Resort for their donation, essentially paying them back for contributing. 

“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. “$150,000 Half-Court Madness gives fans the opportunity 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!”

Fans will be able to donate and qualify for the prizes starting at only $25. For every dollar donated, supporters will receive an equal number of drawing entries into the $100,000 half-court shot when the UNLV Runnin' Rebels take on San Diego State at Thomas & Mack on March 5th. The lucky fan selected to take the half-court shot will also receive a two-night stay in the exclusive Hardwood Suite at Palms Casino Resort (valued at $25,000 per night) that includes a $300 dinner at the famed Scotch 80 restaurant, $300 in spa treatments and $100 in Free play.

Additionally, participants will earn additional entries into the weekly and grand prize drawing for playing fun online games every day.  On select men’s and women’s basketball game days, there will also be a Game Day Challenge for additional prizes provided by UNLV Athletics. 

The $150K Half-Court Madness begins today and will remain open to participants until March 5th, 2023. Fans are encouraged to register at to participate and visit the site to learn how to support UNLV student-athletes through NIL.

About Friends of UNILV

Friends of UNILV is a fan-driven and alumni-led Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) collective for University of Nevada Las Vegas student-athletes, alumni, and fans. Community members who commit their support to Friends of UNILV are pledging to maximize opportunities for student-athletes and help attract top talent to field the best team possible. In addition, community supporters gain access to exclusive events, autograph sessions, and more. In the past six months, our student-athletes have made more than 270 community appearances, including for Three Square Food Bank, YMCA, Candlelighters NV, and more. Friends of UNILV is powered by parent company Blueprint Sports. For more information, visit and follow @FriendsOfUNILV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

About Palms Casino Resort

Palms Casino Resort is making history as the first resort in Las Vegas fully owned and operated by a Native American Tribe. Palms Casino Resort features two distinct towers with 766 hotel rooms and suites, a diverse mix of bars, restaurants, live entertainment venues and immersive lifestyle experiences across a 95,000-square-foot reimagined casino. The resort also includes over 190,000 square feet of meeting, convention and event space; the Pearl, a 2,500-seat theater; an expansive pool and spa area; wedding chapel; the Brenden Theatres 14-screen cinema and nearly 600 units at Palms Place condominiums.

Palms is located just west of the center of the Las Vegas Strip off I-15 on Flamingo Road. Palms Casino Resort is owned by The San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority ("SMGHA") an affiliate of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. For more information visit or the Palms Press Room. Follow Palms on social media Facebook Twitter Instagram.


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