ATLANTA — The first-ever NIL summit began Monday night at the College Football Hall of Fame.
Hosted by INFLCR, the summit will hand out Name, Image and Likeness awards following the first ever academic year seeing athletes able to profit off their performances on the field. In the summer of 2021, the NCAA’s Board of Directors adopted an interim rule opening the opportunity for NIL activity.
The NCAA released updated NIL guidance in early May, stating collectives – groups of boosters and businesses – are not to be involved in the recruiting process or in the transfer portal. However, there are a number of states that have recently passed legislation that remove the prohibition of schools from directly or indirectly arranging for a third party to provide compensation to a student-athlete through NIL.
Players across college athletics have tapped into the potential to pocket cash off of their Name, Image and Likeness since last summer. There have also been plenty of untraditional deals made.
A protein bar company in Utah, which is a large supporter of BYU athletics, agreed to pay the tuition of all 36 football walk-ons. McKenzie Milton and D’Eriq King signed on as co-founders of Dreamfield, an NIL-based platform focusing on booking live events for student athletes.
Here is the full list of awards handed out on Monday night:
Female Athlete of the Year — Sedona Prince, Oregon
Innovator of the Year — Chloe Mitchell, Aquinas College
Hustle Award — Rayquan Smith, Norfolk State
Scholar Athlete of the Year — Leah Clapper, Florida
Athlete Advocate of the Year — Megan Skaggs, Florida
Breakthrough Athlete of the Year — Jordan Chiles, UCLA
Best Individual Campaign — Morgan & Morgan
Best Team Campaign — College Hunks Hauling Junk & Movers
Best Social Media Campaign — Mercedes Benz
Best Institutional Program — Boise State
Brand of the Year — WWE
On3’s NIL team will have more information on awards as they are announced. We’ll be in Atlanta all week covering news and notes from the first NIL Summit.