13-Year-Old Soccer Star Becomes Youngest to Sign With Nike

Nike has continued to expand its name, image, and likeness prep athlete roster by signing 13-year-old soccer phenom McKenna “Mak” Whitham to a NIL deal. Whitham is the youngest athlete to sign a NIL deal with Nike.

The California native joins the likes of Alyssa and Gisele Thompson and UCLA’s Reilyn Turner as other women’s soccer players signed to Nike. Whitham, a member of the class of 2028, competes for the southern California club team Slammers FC, as well as the U.S. under-15 youth national team. Whitham’s career continues to soar, attracting interest from the Kansas City Current and the NJ/NY Gotham FC, two professional women’s soccer teams.

On Instagram, Whitham expressed her excitement about joining the Nike NIL roster. She highlighted her motivation to excel further, emphasizing the significance of being signed by Nike.

“I’m just super excited to be part of the Nike family,” Whitham told ESPN. “They’ve done so many great things so far. And it motivates me even harder. I mean, not every kid gets to get signed by Nike.”

With the deal, Nike reinforces its commitment to NIL, shaping the future of sports by discovering talent at an even younger age. Although the details of the deal have not been released, with Whitham’s skill set, she is expected to be an essential pillar in Nike’s soccer division for years to come.

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    Darian is a Sports Industry Management graduate of Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. Darian hosts The Jersey Podcast and is a sports documentary fanatic who loves to talk professional and college football and basketball.

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