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Rebels25, an Ole Miss Athletics Foundation membership program for fans ages 25 and under, will hold a membership drive at Tuesday night's basketball game against No. 18 Kentucky. 

The gates open at 4:30 p.m., and Rebels25 ambassadors will pass out stickers and membership brochures at the student entrance, and you will have an opportunity to sign up for the program. The membership drive kicks off a spring of activities for members.

"The Ole Miss Athletics Foundation is very proud to provide additional activities for Rebels25 this spring. This segment of membership continues to grow and we are providing new and exciting opportunities to be involved with and support our athletic program," said Ashley Winning, assistant director of development.

Launched in October, Rebels25 now has over a hundred members. For as low as $25, the Rebels25 program offers Rebel level membership benefits, double priority points, ticket promotions and exclusive networking opportunities.

Two upcoming networking opportunities for Rebels25 members are Breakfast with Bianco and Membership Appreciation Day.

"These events are great opportunities for Rebels25 members to network with some of the most influential people in the Ole Miss community. We are making great strides to invest in the future of our organization," said Keith Carter, executive director of the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation.

Breakfast with Bianco is a Vaught Society event on Saturday, March 1, where Rebels25 Ambassadors and Vaught Society members will have the opportunity to join Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco and players for breakfast before the baseball game against Central Florida.

Membership Appreciation Day is open to all Ole Miss Athletics Foundation members on Saturday, March 8, before the men's basketball game against Vanderbilt and the baseball game against Arkansas-Little Rock. 

There will be an open house of the recent expanded Manning Center, appearances from coaches, student-athletes and administrators, along with free giveaways, prizes and more. 

For a discounted $15, members can purchase both a men's basketball and baseball general seating ticket. As always, student admission is free while availability lasts.

For more information, visit Rebels25.com and GiveToAthletics.com

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Here's part of a profile on former Ole Miss football player and now successful businessman Billy Van Devender, who was college teammates and roommates with Archie Manning. The full story, as well as the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation website, is linked below.

At the premiere of the ESPN Films documentary "The Book of Manning," Billy Van Devender shared a special moment with former roommate and good friend Archie Manning. 

In partnership with Ole Miss athletics, the Van Devender and Manning families made significant contributions to the Forward Together campaign to rename the indoor football practice facility the Olivia and Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center.

"It was very emotional," Van Devender said. "My wife, Mollie, and I were there, and my children were there. Archie and Olivia did not know that it was going to be named after them. They walked in the room, and there were a lot of moist eyes in the room. Everybody was excited and emotionally charged. They were very appreciative of it. It's a great tribute to them. 

"I've always believed that, 'to whom much is given, much is expected.' Everyone says they want to give back, and that's what I'm trying to do here. I feel strongly that we have the right leadership at Ole Miss, and I know that head football coach Hugh Freeze is not only interested in winning football games, but he's genuinely interested in the student-athletes who we're recruiting and playing football. He wants them to be good examples and good citizens when they leave Ole Miss."

Full StoryGiveToAthletics.com

Greene_Allen.JPGDanny White isn't the only UMAA Foundation staff member headed to the University at Buffalo, as UB announced today that Allen Greene has been hired as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration. He joins Danny who has named the Bulls' AD last month. Everyone at Ole Miss wishes the very best for Allen, and below are some excerpts from the announcement.

Greene spent three years with the UMAA Foundation, the fundraising arm of Ole Miss Athletics, where he oversaw all aspects of football, basketball and baseball priority seating drives and ticket sales, which were the main revenue streams for the UMAA Foundation. In addition to creating new ways to generate revenue from priority seating, Greene was also responsible for major gift fundraising.

"I would like to thank the Ole Miss community for embracing me and my family during our time in Oxford," Greene said. "It was a pleasure representing the University of Mississippi."


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