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Student Athlete NIL is proud to announce the nominations for the Inaugural NIL Awards, recognizing exceptional achievement by student-athletes, brands and institutions during the first year of name, image and likeness. The NIL Awards gala ceremony will take place on the evening of Monday, June 13 at the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the Inaugural NIL Summit.

Award Categories And Nominees

selection committee

Nicole Auerbach
Saquon Barkley
Kristi Castlin
Kristi Dosh
Morgan Frazier
Nick Marquez
Monique Nelson
Darren Rovell
Neeta Sreekanth

Female Athlete of the Year

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.

Paige Bueckers

UCONN

Haley & Hanna Cavinder

Fresno State

Olivia Dunne

LSU

Logan Eggleston

Texas

JAIDEN FIELDS

Georgia

Sedona Prince

Oregon

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Male Athlete of the Year

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.

Chase Griffin

UCLA

Gable Steveson

Minnesota

Shareef O'Neal

LSU

Shedeur Sanders

Jackson State

Rayquan Smith

Norfolk State

Bryce Young

Alabama

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Innovator of the Year

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.

Leah Clapper

Florida

Derrian Gobourne

Auburn

Ra-Sun Kazadi

SMU

D'eriq King & McKenzie Milton

Florida State/Miami

Chloe Mitchell

Aquinas College

Will Ulmer

Marshall

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Hustle Award

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.

Emily Cole

Duke

The Hockey Guys

Wisconsin-Superior

Angel Reese

Maryland

Rayquan Smith

Norfolk State

Jon Seaton

Elon

Bre Socker

St John Fisher College

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Scholar Athlete of the Year

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.

Buddy Boeheim

Syracuse

Aliyah Boston

South Carolina

Leah Clapper

Florida

Georgina Corrick

USF

Britain Covey

Utah

Collin Wilder

Wisconsin

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Athlete Advocate of the Year

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.

Cal Adomitis

Pittsburgh

Geo Baker

Rutgers

Dillan Gibbons

Florida State

Fran Belibi

Stanford

Tyler Linderbaum

Iowa

Megan Skaggs

Florida

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

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.

Jared Casey

Kansas

Jordan Chiles

UCLA

Doug Edert

Saint Peter's University

Rachel Heck

Stanford

Sunisa Lee

Auburn

Caleb Williams

USC

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Crypto Award

This award recognizes creative excellence and collaboration between a brand or organization and student-athletes to leverage blockchain – Crypto, NFTs and other Digital Assets – to create an outstanding and memorable campaign. Judges are looking for originality, complexity, personality, concept value, quality of composition, creativity, and skills.

Derrian Gobourne

Legacy League

Shareef O'neal

NFT Genius

Kansas Men's Basketball

RockChalk

Best individual Campaign

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.

Degree

Breaking Limits

Dollar Shave Club

Chin-fluencer

Champion​

Get it Girl

HR Block

Fair Shot

Morgan & Morgan

Size Matters

Best Team Campaign

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.

Built Bar

BYU Football

College Hunks

Howard MBB, San Diego State FB, UCF WBB

Outback

multiple

Tivo

Georgia Tech Football

Best Social Media Campaign

This award recognizes the most exceptional NIL marketing campaign activated over one of more social media platforms. Judges will consider social engagement, fan conversation, as well as coordination if part of a larger integrated or multi-channel campaign.

Boost Mobile

Bojangles

Mercedes Benz

TIAA

Best Institutional Program

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.

Arkansas

Flagship

Auburn

Spirit

Boise State

What's Next

Michigan

Victors

Oklahoma State

OSU Elite

Ohio State

The Platform

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Brand Of the Year

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.

BreakingT

Boost Mobile

College Hunks

Degree

Outback

WWE