Rebel Game To Start With Ronald Reagan Honor

Sept. 23, 2011

LAS VEGAS ( - Saturday's football game between UNLV and Southern Utah will begin with the Reagan Centennial National Football Coin Toss, as UNLV is joining with college and high school teams across the country in honoring President Ronald Reagan.

The event is part of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration, a year-long tribute to honor the 100th birthday of America's 40th President. It is sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

In honor of President Reagan's 100th birthday, all NFL and college teams, along with thousands of high school teams, have been invited to flip a Ronald Reagan Centennial Commemorative Coin at the start of each game played the weekend of September 23-26, 2011, as schools from coast to coast and nearly every state will toss the Reagan Centennial Coin that weekend.

President Reagan played high school football in Illinois, started his career as a radio college football broadcaster, and played a number of iconic football roles in movies such as Knute Rockne: All American, where he uttered the famous line, "Win one for the Gipper!" In 1985, via live video feed from the Oval Office, he also flipped the coin to start Super Bowl XIX.

Also, the UNLV coaching staff will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches at Saturday's game to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.

UNLV, which upset Hawaii last weekend, looks to even its record at 2-2 this week when it hosts Southern Utah on Saturday at the special time of 6 p.m. PT. It will be Family and Friends Night with Rebel Football that includes a 2-for-1 ticket special. There will also be a pregame kids festival outside of the stadium from 3-5:30 pm, including an appearance by the Runnin' Rebel basketball team signing autographs.

For tickets, log on to or call (702) 739-FANS (3267).



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