America First Credit Union is the new presenting sponsor of the Silver State Series

America First Credit Union is the new presenting sponsor of the Silver State Series

All-encompassing competition between Nevada’s two NCAA Division I institutions enters its second decade

The annual athletics competition between the Rebels and the Wolf Pack has a new sponsor as the rebranded Silver State Series presented by America First Credit Union was announced by both universities Thursday.

“Who doesn’t love a good rivalry?” said Tammy Gallegos, Chief Marketing & Strategic Engagement Officer at America First Credit Union. “The Silver State Series between the Nevada Wolf Pack and the UNLV Rebels is legendary, and celebrates teamwork, drive and determination. These qualities are a great fit with our own values and culture. AFCU is committed long-term to not only the Series and the success of both schools, but to the neighborhoods and communities around them. And you know our members will enjoy the special discounted ticket offers too!”

Originally known as the Governor’s Series when it was launched in fall 2012, this historic competition established a formal head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between longtime rivals — the Rebels and the Wolf Pack. UNLV won the first four seasons and leads the overall series 7-3.

“We want to thank America First Credit Union in helping promote the spirited competition between the Rebels and Wolf Pack on the fields of play,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Erick Harper. “The Silver State Series continues to be a great way to highlight the accomplishments of our student-athletes in both women’s and men’s sports and we look forward to finding out where the Silver State Series trophy will reside at the end of this school year.”

“We would like to thank America First Credit Union for its commitment to the Silver State Series,” said Nevada Director of Athletics Stephanie Rempe. “We look forward to another exciting season of competition between Nevada and UNLV, as well as The Battle for the Fremont Cannon next week.”

Three points are available to be captured in each sport sponsored by both schools as well as from the higher scorer in the end-of-year NCAA Academic Progress Report totals. In addition, each school annually announces a winner of the coveted Bill Ireland Award, which goes to the performer who had the biggest impact vs. their rival school while helping their sport earn points. In the event of a tie in the Silver State Series, the winner is decided by which side is in possession of the famed rivalry trophy the Fremont Cannon, which goes to the team that is victorious in the annual football game between the schools. This year’s Battle for the Fremont Cannon is set for November 26 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.