UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels Travel To Air Force Shorthanded

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RUNNIN’ REBELS TRAVEL TO AIR FORCE SHORTHANDED
UNLV men’s basketball to play Falcons in early Saturday game without leading scorer Rashad Vaughn

 

The UNLV men’s basketball team, winner of four of its last five games, is coming off a 73-61 win vs. Fresno State on Tuesday and will now travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to face Air Force on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 12 p.m. MST/11 a.m. PST at Clune Arena.

After losing three straight games – at Boise State on Jan. 13 in overtime (82-73), at San Diego State on Jan. 17 (53-47) and vs. New Mexico (71-69) on Jan. 21 – UNLV won three straight with wins over Utah State (79-77) in overtime at home on Jan. 24, at Nevada, Reno (67-62) on Jan. 27 and vs. Air Force (74-63) on Jan. 31, before losing last Saturday at Colorado State by just a point (83-82) when a buzzer-beating 3-pointer was barely off the mark.

Taking out the overtime loss at Boise State, and the wins over Air Force, Fresno State and San José State (74-40), UNLV’s other seven Mountain West games have been decided by an average of 3.3 points per game (a one-point game, three two-point games, two five-point games and a six-point game).

UNLV, which had to replace all five starters from a year ago, has used a rotation this season that includes five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. Freshman guard Rashad Vaughn, who is out of action after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee on Tuesday vs. Fresno State, led the team in scoring with an average of 17.8 ppg, which ranks second in the Mountain West and third in the country among freshmen. Sophomore forward Christian Wood has 14 double-doubles this year, which ranks seventh in the country, and has averages of 15.0 ppg (2nd on the team, 7th in MW), and a team high of 10.0 rpg (2nd in MW, 16th in the country) and 2.9 bpg (2nd in MW, 14th in the country). Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh leads the team and the league in blocks with 2.9 per game (13th in the country, 2nd among all freshmen). Senior guard Cody Doolin leads the squad and MW with 3.9 apg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.2, which leads the conference and is eighth nationally. Freshman guard Patrick McCaw leads the MW in assists per game (4.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6) during conference-only games.

As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels are third in the nation in total blocks (167), third in blocks per game (7.0 bpg), 11th in defensive rebounds per game (27.13) and 35th in field-goal percentage defense (39.0).

Saturday’s game will be shown on ESPN3 with Jim Barbar and Bob Donewald calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM in Las Vegas. All internet links along with live stats will be available at UNLVRebels.com.

GAME #25

 

UNLV (14-10, 5-6 Mountain West) 
at

Air Force (11-13, 4-9 Mountain West)

DATE:
 Saturday, February 14, 2015
TIME:
 12 p.m. MST/11 a.m. PST
SITE:
 Clune Arena (5,843), Colorado Springs, Colo.
TV: ESPN3 (Jim Barbar, Bob Donewald)

RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com

STATS: Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com

TWITTER: @UNLVAthletics

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels Host Utah State Saturday At 5 PM

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RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST UTAH STATE SATURDAY

Game scheduled for 5 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center

 

The UNLV men’s basketball team will be at home at the Thomas & Mack Center for the second straight game as it hosts Utah State on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m.

The Runnin’ Rebels have lost three straight games – at Boise State on Jan. 13 in overtime (82-73), at San Diego State last Saturday (53-47) and vs. New Mexico (71-69) on Wednesday. Prior to that, UNLV defeated San José State (74-40). Taking out the overtime loss at Boise State, UNLV has lost its other conference games by an average of 3.8 points (two two-point games, a five-point game and a six-point game).

UNLV, which had to replace all five starters from a year ago, has used a rotation this season that includes five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. Freshman guard Rashad Vaughn leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.2 ppg, which is third in the Mountain West. Sophomore forward Christian Wood has 10 double-doubles this year, which ranks 10th in the country, and has averages of 14.4 ppg (second on the team, 8th in MW), and a team high of 9.6 rpg (1st in MW, 22nd in the country) and 2.8 bpg (3rd in MW, 17th in the country). Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh leads the team and is second in the MW in blocks with 2.9 per game (14th in the country, 2nd among all freshmen). He missed Wednesday’s game with a foot injury. Senior guard Cody Doolin leads the squad and MW with 4.3 apg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.0, which leads the conference and is 19th nationally.

As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels are third in the nation in total blocks (134), fourth in blocks per game (7.1 bpg), eighth in defensive rebounds per game (28.0) and 25th in field-goal percentage defense (38.1).

Saturday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Andrew Catalon and Chris Spatola calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM in Las Vegas. All internet links along with live stats will be available at UNLVRebels.com.

GAME #20

Utah State (11-7, 4-2 Mountain West)

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UNLV (10-9, 1-5 Mountain West)

DATE:
 Saturday, January 24, 2015
TIME:
 5 p.m.
SITE:
 Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas
TV: CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon, Chris Spatola)

RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com

STATS: Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com

TWITTER: @UNLVAthletics

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels Host New Mexico Wednesday At 8 PM

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RUNNIN’ REBELS TO HOST NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Game at Thomas & Mack Center at 8 p.m.

 
After playing two straight games on the road, the UNLV men’s basketball team will be back at home at the Thomas & Mack Center to host New Mexico on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. 5,000 Rally Towels, presented by Cox Communications, will be given to fans.

The Runnin’ Rebels lost both of their last two games – at Boise State last Tuesday in overtime (82-73) and at San Diego State on Saturday (53-47). Prior to that, UNLV defeated San José State (74-40) in its last home game on Jan. 10.

UNLV, which had to replace all five starters from a year ago, has used a rotation this season that includes five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. Freshman guard Rashad Vaughn leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.5 ppg, which is third in the Mountain West. Sophomore forward Christian Wood has 10 double-doubles this year, which ranks ninth in the country, and has averages of 14.1 ppg (second on the team, 8th in MW), and team highs of 9.6 rpg (1st in MW, 23rd in the country) and 2.9 bpg (2nd in MW, 14th in the country). Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh is second on the team and third in the MW in blocks, also with 2.9 per game (15th in the country, 2nd among all freshmen). Senior guard Cody Doolin leads the squad and MW with 4.3 apg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.0, which leads the conference and is 21st nationally.

As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels are second in the nation in total blocks (132), third in blocks per game (7.3 bpg), fifth in defensive rebounds per game (28.33) and 18th in field-goal percentage defense (37.5).

Wednesday night’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn and Pete Gillen calling the action, and Lauren Gardner reporting from the sidelines. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM in Las Vegas. All internet links along with live stats will be available at UNLVRebels.com.

GAME #19

 

New Mexico (12-6, 4-2 Mountain West) 
at

UNLV (10-8, 1-4 Mountain West)

DATE:
 Wednesday, January 21, 2015
TIME:
 8 p.m.
SITE:
 Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas
TV: CBS Sports Network (Carter Blackburn, Pete Gillen, sideline: Lauren Gardner)

RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com

STATS: Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com

TWITTER: @UNLVAthletics

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels To Host No. 3 Arizona Tuesday Night At TMC

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RUNNIN’ REBELS TO HOST NO. 3 ARIZONA TUESDAY NIGHT AT TMC

UNLV in midst of playing three top-15 teams in 16 days, toughest stretch in program history

 
The UNLV men’s basketball team will host No. 3 Arizona on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Runnin’ Rebels are in the mist of their toughest stretch of schedule in program history as they are facing three top-15 teams in 16 days, with a trip to Wyoming also sandwiched in between. UNLV has never before faced three top-15 teams in such a short period.
The Runnin’ Rebels had won three straight games and five of six before falling to No. 14 Utah, 59-46, at the MGM Grand Showcase on Saturday night, in the program’s first game on the Las Vegas Strip.

 

UNLV, which had to replace all five starters from a year ago, has used a rotation this season that includes five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. Freshman guard Rashad Vaughn leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.3 ppg, which also ranks first in the Mountain West. Sophomore forward Christian Wood has six double-doubles this year, which ranks ninth in the country, and has averages of 12.9 ppg and team highs of 9.6 rpg and 3.1 bpg (10th in the country). Wood also leads the MW in rebounding and blocks. Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh is tied for the team lead in blocks at 3.1 per game, also 10th in the nation and tops in the conference. Senior guard Cody Doolin leads the squad and MW  with 4.9 apg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.5, which is fifth-best in the country.

 

As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels are second in the nation in blocked shots (7.9 bpg) and are 21st in field-goal percentage defense (36.9).

 

Tuesday’s game against the Wildcats will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn and Doug Gottlieb calling the action, and Jamie Erdahl on the sidelines. The Wildcats are the highest-ranked team to play at the Thomas & Mack Center since No. 4/3 Cincinnati on Dec. 19, 1998. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM in Las Vegas. All internet links along with live stats will be available at UNLVRebels.com.


GAME #11


No. 3 Arizona (12-0, 0-0 Pac-12) 

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UNLV (7-3, 0-0 Mountain West)

DATE:
 Tuesday, December 23, 2014
TIME:
 7:05 p.m.
SITE:
 Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas
TV: CBS Sports Network – Carter Blackburn, Doug Gottlieb, Jamie Erdahl (sideline)

RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com

 

TWITTER: @UNLVAthletics
 

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels Head Back Out On Road To Play South Dakota Saturday

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RUNNIN’ REBELS HEAD BACK OUT ON ROAD TO PLAY SOUTH DAKOTA

UNLV and Coyotes will play at Sioux Falls’ Sanford Pentagon on Saturday
 

After defeating Saint Katherine, 113-53, on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, the UNLV men’s basketball team (5-2) has had a week without games to concentrate on final exams. The Runnin’ Rebels’ “Rodeo Road Trip” will continue this weekend with a game in Sioux Falls, S.D., against South Dakota (3-7) at the Sanford Pentagon on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. CST/5 p.m. PST.

The Runnin’ Rebels, who had to replace all five starters from a year ago, have mainly used a rotation this season that includes five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. Freshman guard Rashad Vaughn leads the team in scoring with an average of 16.2 ppg, but he did not play vs. Saint Katherine because of a back injury. Sophomore forward Christian Wood has five double-doubles this year, which ranks eighth in the country, and has averages of 13.3 ppg and team highs of 9.6 rpg and 3.6 bpg. Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh is tied for the team lead in blocks at 3.6 per game, which ranks seventh in the nation. Senior guard Cody Doolin leads the squad with 5.7 apg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 5.0, which is eighth-best in the country.

 

As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels lead the country in blocked shots (9.1 bpg) and are 11th in field-goal percentage defense (34.8).

 

Saturday’s game will be televised by Midco Sports Network and also be available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App with Jay Elsen and Greg Stemen calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM in Las Vegas. All internet links along with live stats will be available at UNLVRebels.com.


GAME #8


UNLV (5-2, 0-0 Mountain West) 

vs.

South Dakota (3-7, 0-0 Summit League)

DATE:
 Saturday, December 13, 2014
TIME:
 7 p.m. CST/5 p.m. PST
SITE:
 Sanford Pentagon (3,250), Sioux Falls, S.D.
TV: Midco Sports Network/ESPN3 (Jay Elsen, Greg Stemen)

RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com
TWITTER: @UNLVAthletics

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS : Runnin’ Rebels To Face No. 8/7 San Diego State Friday At 6 PM In MW Tournament Semifinal

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MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT – SEMIFINAL

UNLV to face No. 8/7 San Diego State on Friday at 6 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center

The UNLV men’s basketball team (20-12, 10-8 MW, No. 4 seed) defeated fifth-seeded Wyoming, 71-67, in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Reese’s Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship on Thursday afternoon and has advanced to the semifinals where it will face top-seeded No. 8/7 San Diego State on Friday, March 14 at 6 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Aztecs defeated eighth-seeded Utah State, 73-39, on Thursday, which set the MW Tournament record for margin of victory.

Friday’s semifinal matchup between the Runnin’ Rebels and the Aztecs is a matchup of the two teams with the best all-time MW Tournament records. UNLV is No. 1 with an all-time mark of 24-10, while the Aztecs are close behind at 20-10.

Outright MW regular-season champion San Diego State swept the regular-season series this year with UNLV, winning 63-52 in San Diego on Jan. 18, then 73-64 at the Thomas & Mack Center on March 5.

Friday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Doug Gottlieb and Lauren Gardner (sidelines) calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the radio call, which may be heard on ESPN Radio 1100/98.9 FM. The radio broadcast listen link, along with Gametracker are available at UNLVRebels.com.

The Runnin’ Rebels are 2-5 vs. the Aztecs all-time in MW Tournament play, dropping each of the last four meetings. UNLV is 0-2 all-time vs. SDSU in the MW Tournament’s semifinals. The Runnin’ Rebels lead the overall series between the two schools 35-23.

UNLV is now 13-1 all-time in the quarterfinals of the MW Tournament, with its only loss coming in 2009 to San Diego State. The Runnin’ Rebels are 8-4 all-time in the semifinals. This year marks the 12th time that the MW Tournament has been held in Las Vegas (2000-03, 2007-14). UNLV has won the title on three occasions (2000, 2007, 2008). The Runnin’ Rebels have advanced to eight MW Tournament championship games (seven in Las Vegas and one in Denver), including last season when they lost to New Mexico.

The Runnin’ Rebels are fourth in the country in blocked shots per game at 6.5, eighth in rebounding at 40.2 rpg, 20th in effective field-goal percentage defense at 44.6 and 20th in the nation in 3-point field-goal defense, limiting their opponents to just 30.1 percent from behind the arc. Junior forward Khem Birch is second in the country in blocked shots (3.7 bpg), while junior forward Roscoe Smith is fourth in the nation in rebounding (11.1 rpg). Birch has 17 double-doubles on the year (sixth in the country as of 3/10), while Smith has 16 (eighth in the nation as of 3/10). UNLV’s leading scorer is junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (13.7 ppg).

MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT – SEMIFINAL

NO. 8/7 SAN DIEGO STATE (28-3, 16-2 Mountain West, No. 1 Seed)

at

UNLV (20-12, 10-8 Mountain West, No. 4 Seed)

DATE: Friday, March 14, 2014
TIME: 6 p.m. PDT
SITE: Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas
TV: CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Doug Gottlieb, Lauren Gardner)
RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/98.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
ONLINE: Radio (audio) & Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels Host Sacred Heart Friday

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RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST SACRED HEART FRIDAY

UNLV men’s basketball looks to extend win streak to three games at 7 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center

The UNLV men’s basketball team, which has won its last two games and is in the midst of playing four contests in a six-day span, will continue play in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic by hosting Sacred Heart on Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. The tournament consists of two home games before the semifinal and championship rounds (Sunday-Monday, Dec. 22-23) are played at Orleans Arena. The Runnin’ Rebels will face Santa Clara on Sunday, and then either Mississippi State or South Florida on Monday.

Friday’s game vs. the Pioneers will have no television coverage, but it will be live video streamed for free at UNLVRebels.com (MWN) with Tony Cordasco calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/98.9 FM. An internet listen link and Gametracker will also be available at UNLVRebels.com.

After six straight games at home to open the season, UNLV played two road games during its “Rodeo Road Trip,” losing a close one at then-No. 2 Arizona (63-58) on Dec. 7, then beating Southern Utah (73-51) on Saturday in Cedar City. In the loss to the Wildcats, the Runnin’ Rebels held what is now the nation’s top-ranked team to its lowest scoring output of the season and its third-closest game in terms of margin of victory. On Wednesday, UNLV returned home to the Thomas & Mack Center for the first time in 18 days and defeated Radford (81-62).

Runnin’ Rebel junior Roscoe Smith, who leads the nation in rebounding average with 13.9 rpg, has six double-doubles this year and grabbed 10 or more rebounds in the first six games of the season (now eight of nine) with totals of 19, 21 and a career-high 22. Junior forward Khem Birch, who has five double-doubles this season, is fourth in the country in blocked shots with 4.3 per contest. He has had double-figure rebounding totals in six of his nine games and has blocked at least four shots in a game six times this season. Smith (12.3 ppg, 13.9 rpg) leads the team in scoring and is averaging a double-double, while Birch just misses averaging a double-double (11.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg). Junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones is second on the team in scoring at 11.9 ppg, while senior guard Kevin Olekaibe is the other Runnin’ Rebel averaging double figures with 11.0 ppg.

GAME #10

SACRED HEART (2-9, 0-0 Northeast)

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UNLV (5-4, 0-0 Mountain West)

DATE: Friday, December 20, 2013
TIME: 7 p.m. PST
SITE: Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas
TV: Live Stream at UNLVRebels.com (MWN – Tony Cordasco)
RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/98.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
ONLINE: Live Stream (UNLVRebels.com – MWN), Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com

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ESPN Radio 1100 AM & 98.9 FM name Coach Dwaine Knight as 2012 “Sportsperson of the Year”









ESPN Radio 1100 AM & 98.9 FM name Coach Dwaine Knight as 2012 “Sportsperson of the Year”

August 20, 2012 UNLV Men’s Golf Head Coach Dwaine Knight has been announced as ESPN Radio 1100 AM & 98.9 FM’s 2012 “Sportsperson of the Year.” To celebrate Coach Knight’s honor, ESPN Radio 1100 AM & 98.9 FM will host monthly charity golf events benefitting Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and The Caring Place in September, October and November. Visit www.WeAreLV.comfor more information and specific dates.  

A two-time National Coach of the Year and 2002 Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame inductee, Dwaine Knight has been the driving force behind the tremendous success of Rebel Golf since his arrival in Las Vegas in the fall of 1987. Entering his 26th season at the helm of the UNLV men’s golf program, Knight has nurtured Rebel golf from near-anonymity to one of the premier programs in the nation. In 1998, he guided the Rebels to their first-ever NCAA crown in Albuquerque, NM. Knight has taken the Rebels to an unprecedented 17 trips to the national finals and coached them to 11 top-15 finishes. Additionally, he has led his team to a current NCAA-record 24 straight appearances at the NCAA Regionals.

Knight has captured three national titles, has won six conference championships and has developed 66 all-conference players. Over the last decade, Knight has helped 12 Rebel golfers earn the All-America Scholar award and four have been named Academic All-Americans.

A true teacher of the sport, Knight has tutored 41 All-Americans at UNLV, a National Player of the Year, a National Freshman of the Year, a U.S. Amateur Champion, three U.S. Public Links Champions, three Walker Cup participants and six Palmer Cup representatives. Additionally, two former Rebel golfers have gone on to play for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup. Since Knight came to UNLV, 10 of his players have gone on to play on the PGA TOUR and seven of those are still active and have combined for 17 PGA TOUR titles.

An accomplished golfer in his own right, Knight played four seasons at New Mexico (1966-69) and played on the 1967 team that won the WAC championship and placed ninth at nationals. Knight then spent five years (1972-77) on the PGA TOUR, winning his first tournament — the Southwest PGA Championship — as early as his second season. After leaving the tour, Knight replaced Dick McGuire as New Mexico’s head coach in 1978. Knight remains a member of the Professional Golfers Association. Knight and his wife Debbie have a daughter, Keely.

ESPN Radio 1100 AM & 98.9 FM will host monthly events in September, October and November, including a Putt Putt with Coach Knight event at KISS: by Monster Mini Golf. These events will raise money for Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and The Caring Place, chosen by Coach Knight. November will wrap-up with a 7-Hour Radio-thon, where listeners will have the opportunity to bid for a one-hour co-hosting spot with one or more of the participating sports  and local celebrities.

Previous “Sportsperson of the Year” recipients include Sacramento Kings & Palms Owners Joe and Gavin Maloof, Basketball Coach Lon Kruger, Boxing Promoter Bob Arum, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White, Las Vegas 51s Executive Director Don Logan, and former MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Executive Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy.

For more information on the charities and to stay informed on dates and times for the upcoming fundraising events, go to www.WeAreLV.com