The biggest story in Kentucky athletics this week has undoubtedly been about NIL, and specifically how Kentucky is falling behind.
After two decommitments and with 2023 football recruiting class ranked just No. 48 in the country, Mark Stoops voiced some frustration towards where the Wildcats currently stand in NIL.
In his weekly press conference on Monday, Stoops said, “we need support from the community, the state. It is what it is.”
Calling on the average fanbase to donate money to NIL will certainly turn some away, but there is certainly a large portion of the Big Blue Nation that would gladly show their support. There is just one problem, most people don’t know how.
This is no fault of their own and stems from a disconnect from UK Athletics, who has promoted little information on the new collectives. Hence, why this article has been written.
Earlier this week, KY Insider reached out to the Kentucky athletic department to see the approved ways that fans and local businesses can help with NIL. Take a look!
This information comes directly from the Kentucky athletic department.
If you are a business owner or just an individual that is interested in pursuing a student-athlete to promote your business/product or support, please check out the BBNIL Exchange at the following link:
Individual Student-Athlete Apparel
You can also support your favorite Wildcat by purchasing your favorite Kentucky Wildcats name and number T-shirts customized with your favorite players’ names on the UK Team Shop. Athletes will be compensated for each sale in line with the group licensing model that 100 percent of the players in the NFL, MLB, WNBA and MLSPA participate in.
Organizations That Accept Donations for NIL Activities
Additionally-there are several organizations that we are aware of that are taking donations. Those include:
Athlete Advantage: https://athleteadvantage.xyz/the-15/
Charities Across the State for Kentucky: https://catsforkentucky.org/
Commonwealth Causes: https://commonwealthcauses.org/donations/donation-form/
Finally, the K Fund is the fundraising arm of the University of Kentucky Athletics Department, responsible for providing the resources necessary to ensure our student-athletes have the opportunity to earn a first-class education and compete for championships. These resources are provided through student-athlete scholarships, state-of-the-art facilities, and the financial support essential for UK Athletics’ 22 varsity sports programs to excel. By investing in the K Fund, you are providing support to more than 500 UK student-athletes and helping ensure their academic and athletic success. Donations to the K Fund, through Annual & Capital funds, are used to provide:
- Student-Athlete Scholarships – tuition, room & board
- Academic Support and Career Development
- Athletic Facilities Maintenance, Renovations, and/or New Facilities
- Coaching & Administrative Support
Please contact the K Fund office at 859-257-6300 for more information or visit our website: https://ukathletics.com/sports/k_fund/
In addition, Mitch Barnhart has released the following info on how you can help out with UK’s NIL efforts.
We are doing everything possible to help our athletes maximize their #NIL opportunities. We are also proud of our fans and excited that so many have reached out asking what they can do to help. https://t.co/tJCRDhqk5X— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) November 10, 2022
We hope that this information was found to be helpful and provides the Big Blue Nation with some clarity with where currently NIL stands.
It is important to note that on Wednesday, reports did come out that Kentucky will be releasing some more information within the next week that should better their position in the NIL landscape.
What are some things you would like to see when it comes to NIL?