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2023 AWARD NOMINEES AND WINNERS

selection committee

Nicole Auerbach
Alexis Barlow
Jim Cavale
Kristi Dosh
Nick Marquez
Monique Nelson
Darren Rovell
Andy Wittry

Female Athlete of the Year

Trinity Thomas, Florida Gymnastics

This award recognizes the female student-athletes that have exhibited the best use of their Name, Image, and Likeness. Judges will consider student-athletes that have best leveraged their NIL across multiple activations, platforms and campaigns to create maximum impact for their partners.

MAYA BRADY

UCLA

ANNA CAMDEN

Penn State

EMILY COLE

Duke

ALEXA HENDRICKS

Louisville

HALEY JONES

Stanford

MORGAN LEIGH OLDHAM

Auburn

TRINITY THOMAS

Florida

HAILEY VAN LITH

Louisville

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Male Athlete of the Year

John Seaton, Elon Football

This award recognizes the male student-athletes that have exhibited the best use of their Name, Image, and Likeness. Judges will consider student-athletes that have best leveraged their NIL across multiple activations, platforms and campaigns to create maximum impact for their partners.

ARMANDO BACOT

North Carolina

BROCK BOWERS

Georgia

HANSEL ENMANUEL

Northwestern State

TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS

Indiana

MITCHELL PEHLKE

Ohio State

SPENCER RATTLER

South Carolina

JOHN SEATON

Elon

CALEB WILLIAMS

Southern California

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Innovator of the Year

Flau’Jae Johnson, LSU Bastketball

This award recognizes the student-athlete that has best exemplified innovation and creativity through novel usage of their Name, Image and Likeness to generate tremendous value for their partners and/or themselves.

BARNEY AMOR

Penn State

GENERAL BOOTY

Oklahoma

FLAU'JAE JOHNSON

LSU

TORI ORTIZ

Oklahoma State

EMMA WEYANT

Florida

RILEY WHITE

Alabama

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Hustle Award

Jack Betts, Amherst Football

This award recognizes the student-athlete that, while not a major statistical contributor to their team, utilized an unrelenting determination combined with entrepreneurial savvy, to excel in their Name, Image and Likeness endeavors off the field or court.

JACK BETTS

Amherst

CAMERON BRINK

Stanford

MIKALA HALL

Central Michigan

ZIYAH HOLMAN

Michigan

ANGEL REESE

LSU

TERIAN WILLIAMS

Stanford

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Scholar Athlete of the Year

Caitie Baird, Stanford Volleyball | Jalon Daniels, Kansas Football

This award recognizes the student-athlete that achieved exceptional results in the classroom and in their respective sport, while maximizing their Name, Image and Likeness for the greater good.

CAITIE BAIRD

Stanford

CAITLIN CLARK

Iowa

JALON DANIEL'S

Kansas

TANNER GROVES

Oklahoma

JADEN OWENS

Baylor

LEXI RODRIGUEZ

Nebraska

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Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

Dieunerst Collin, Lake Erie Football
This award recognizes the student-athlete that, following one or more outstanding performances on the field or court, took advantage of the moment to maximize their Name, Image and Likeness opportunities.

TOMMY BROWN

Colorado

DIEUNERST COLLIN

Lake Erie

JESSICA GARDNER

Nebraska

KEYONTE JOHNSON

Kansas State

ALIJAH MARTIN

Florida Atlantic

MIA MASTROV

California

GRACE MCCALLUM

Utah

HANNAH WHITE

Cleveland State

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Athlete Advocate of the Year

Paul Mulcahy, Rutgers Basketball

This award recognizes the student-athlete that has best leveraged their Name, Image and Likeness to create substantial impact towards their community, non-profit, and/or philanthropic causes.

DESLIN ALEXANDRE

Pittsburgh

BLAKE CORUM

Michigan

MARVIN HARRISON, JR.

Ohio State

CHLOE MAROTTA

Marquette

PAUL MULCAHY

Rutgers

MAX SHULGA

Utah State

HIGHSCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Malachi Nelson, Los Alamitos | Southern Cal Football

This award recognizes male and female student-athletes that have exhibited the best use of their Name, Image, and Likeness on the high school level. Judges will consider student-athletes that have best leveraged their NIL across multiple activations, platforms and campaigns to create maximum impact for their partners.

HARPER MURRAY

Skyline HS | Nebraska

MALACHI NELSON

Los Alamitos | Southern Cal

ALYSSA & GISELE THOMPSON

Harvard - Westlake | Stanford

JADA WILLIAMS

La Jolla | Arizona

SAHARA WILLIAMS

Waterloo West | Oklahoma

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Best individual Campaign

SOS Heating & Cooling, DeColdest Crawford

This award recognizes a brand or organization who showed excellence in collaboration with a team of student-athletes at one or more schools, and across multiple media channels (print, digital, etc.) to generate maximum impact and consumer conversation.

CHEEZ-IT

Hotel

POPEEYE'S

Memes to Dreams

PRINGLES

March Mustache

SERIOUS BEAN CO

Jason Bean

Shinesty

Tommy Brown

SOS HEATING & COOLING

DeColdest Crawford

Best Group Campaign

Meta Power 2.0

This award recognizes a brand or organization who showed excellence in collaboration with a team of student-athletes at one or more schools, and across multiple media channels (print, digital, etc.) to generate maximum impact and consumer conversation.

REESE'S UNIVERSITY

TEAM DUNKIN

TACO BELL LIVE MAS

ALL VOTE NO PLAY

META EMPOWER 2.0

BUMBLE 50FOR50

Best Institutional Program

Michigan State

This award recognizes a college or institution that has shown exceptional commitment to supporting its student-athletes in maximizing their Name, Image and Likeness opportunities through a combination of education, resources and industry-leading innovation.

CLEMSON

DELAWARE

KANSAS

MICHIGAN STATE

NORTH CAROLINA

OKLAHOMA

PURDUE

SANTA CLARA

Brand Of the Year

Hooters

This award recognizes creative excellence by a brand or organization for collaboration with a student-athlete. Judges will award the brand that has demonstrated how partnership, creativity, and novel activation in NIL can drive exceptional results and engagement.

ADIDAS

Hooters

HR BLOCK

KELLOGG’S

RASING CANE’S

WRANGLER

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