Wynn Execs Support CCSD, Opening Night|
Nov. 12, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV men's basketball team will officially tip-off the 2009-10 season with Opening Night on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., against Pittsburg State at the Thomas & Mack Center. Because of the generosity of five executives with Wynn Resorts, a number of employees from the Clark County School District and their families will get to enjoy Opening Night for free.
Last week, five executives from Wynn Resorts purchased - with their own personal funds - 2,750 balcony tickets to be used by the CCSD to help promote its "Tickets for Teachers" program with UNLV Runnin' Rebel basketball.
UNLV head coach Lon Kruger said the five executives - Tom Breitling, Matt Maddox, Andrew Pascal, Tim Poster and Marc Schorr - wanted to do something to help out the program and the community.
"We told them about the concept and they never hesitated," Kruger said. "They wanted to do something to help the school district as well as enhance the atmosphere in the Thomas & Mack on Opening Night. Partnering with them is a great way to start the season."
The "Tickets for Teachers" program provides season tickets - purchased by donors - to every elementary and middle school in the district in which principals use to give to teachers as a way to say "thank you" for their service. The additional tickets for Opening Night will be used to thank additional CCSD employees.
Kruger said the purchase and donation of the tickets by the five Wynn executives will help to create a strong Opening Night atmosphere in the Thomas & Mack. He added that students had a good showing on Tuesday at UNLV's exhibition game and said students are the key to the energy in the building.
"Having a large and engaged student section is the foundation of a strong home-court advantage," Kruger said. "We hope all of our fans - including our students - treat this game as if it were our last home game in March. Opening Night is a big deal to our program."