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Fastbreakers/ Men's Basketball

The Fastbreakers assist the Men’s Basketball team by providing needed financial resources and fostering outreach through our many popular club events. The Fastbreakers contribute to the development and maintenance of the highly successful Maryland Terrapins Men’s Basketball program. Members work with the club’s liaison, basketball staff, and the University’s athletic administrative staff to achieve the following goals:

  1. Raise money for special projects and fund a player scholarship for the basketball program, which is not provided for in the University’s athletic budget.
  2. Sponsor and conduct activities which foster a positive basketball family atmosphere and spirit.
  3. Ensure good communication and exchange of information between the basketball staff and the Fastbreakers.

When Coach “Lefty” Driesell became the Head Coach of Maryland Basketball, he foresaw the need to create a support group that could establish a loyal following for the team, and to help raise needed funds. In 1971 the “Fastbreakers” were created by Jack “Mr. Maryland” Heise and Les Smith to help Coach Driesell fulfill his vision.  

 More than 45 years later, the Fastbreakers continue with its original mission as charged by Coach Driesell. Through the years Maryland Basketball has reached great heights including the 2002 National Championship under Coach Gary Williams. Now playing in the B1G Ten under the leadership of Coach Mark Turgeon.

Receive the following memorabilia and benefits* at each of the following Giving Levels:

Fastbreaker $200.00-$599.00

Invitations to member events. Events include a "chalk Talk" with the coaching staff, private practice and dinner with the team, game watches, and away game bus trips! Also, the opportunity to purchase club t-shirt.  (%100 Tax-deductible donation)

6th Man $600.00 +

All regular Fastbreaker member events, plus exclusive team gift item (FMV $75.00)


  • Donation benefits are cumulative with increasing gift levels. Fair market value (FMV) of memorabilia will be subtracted from tax-deductible amount.
  • Opportunity to buy a gift item for all members, and an exclusive “6th Man” gift for those who join at that level.

Gifts in support of the University of Maryland are accepted and managed by the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization authorized by the Board of Regents. Contributions to the University of Maryland are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please see your tax advisor for details.

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