Californian sisters become first HS students to sign NIL deal with Nike, report says

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Nike reportedly made its name, image and likeness deals with high school athletes, signing two Californian sisters, Alyssa and Gisele Thompson, to a multi-year contract.

Evan Sroka, managing partner of Everest Talent Management which represents the sisters, said Nike signed them to a deal that includes “monetary compensation”, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The deal was made over dinner in Los Angeles on Monday. However, the terms of agreement have not yet been announced.

Alyssa and Gisele are soccer players at Harvard Westlake High School in Los Angeles and also have experience with the United States National Soccer Team. Alyssa, a junior, started on the USA U-20 team that won the CONCACAF Championship in March. Gisele, a sophomore, started on the U.S. U-17 team that won a CONCACAF title on May 8.

Both committed to playing football at Stanford after their high school careers. As much discussion has taken place in recent weeks about the impact of NIL at the college level, the State of California is granting high school athletes the same access as college athletes regarding NIL.

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However, according to the Los Angeles Time, Alyssa nor Gisele will be able to wear Harvard Westlake paraphernalia in their NIL endeavors. Sroka also indicated that the Thompsons reached agreement on the deal with the help of Stanford to ensure they would preserve their NCAA eligibility.

Nike is no stranger to football being part of the company’s history. When NIL became official at the college level in July 2021, Nike’s first NIL deal of any kind was with football player Reilyn Turner from UCLA in December.

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