32 Athletes Join the First Cohort of Athlete’s Cove

Last Updated on October 27, 2023

NIL Island, an online community and resource hub designed to support college athletes, is proud to announce the first cohort of its Athlete’s Cove program.

Athlete’s Cove is a community-centered discussion program designed to help athletes level up their NIL game alongside other ambitious athletes. Athletes will be part of five weekly virtual sessions with practical NIL tips, engaging activities, and renowned guest speakers. Athletes will also compete in various NIL-related competitions and get access to unique NIL opportunities.

Sessions will be conducted by NIL Island co-founders Leah Clapper and Kristi Dosh. Clapper competed on the University of Florida Gators gymnastics team for all 5 years of her eligibility. When the NIL rules changed in summer 2021, she wanted to take advantage of new NIL opportunities but had no idea where to begin. She knew she wasn’t the only confused athlete, so she made it her mission to “figure out NIL.”

Since then, Leah has quadrupled her social media following, worked with over 20 brands, and launched the first-ever gymnastics board game along with NIL Island.

Kristi Dosh is a former attorney turned sports business reporter, consultant and entrepreneur. She’s the founder of Business of College Sports and also teaches NIL classes at the University of Florida, in addition to hosting the Business of College Sports and The Players Platform podcasts.

Together, Clapper and Dosh have navigated nearly every aspect of the NIL space, and now they’re excited to share their expertise with the first cohort of NIL Island. They’ll also be inviting some of the leading voices in NIL to join throughout the course of the program.

Topics to be covered in the program include:

  • Personal branding
  • Content creation and social media marketing
  • Landing NIL deals (including marketplaces, agents and more)
  • Contracts and other legal issues
  • Finance (budgeting, taxes and planning for the future)

The athletes taking part in Athlete’s Cove are as follows:

Agata BekshaVolleyballTulane University
Birgen NelsonTrack and FieldDuke University
Brooke OttoSoccerOhio State University
Camryn CallaghanLacrosseUniversity of Cincinnati
Carly HainesGolfUniversity of Louisville
Caroline WalesGolfBoise State University
Emma SchimpfGolfCollege of Charleston
Hudson HooperFootballTexas Christian University
Isabel PetersonTrack and FieldUniversity of Cincinnati
Jaydah BattleGymnasticsUniversity of Georgia
Jessica DavisSwimmingUniversity of Cincinnati
Julia CsernyikSoccerIndiana University of Pennsylvania
Keshawn LynchFootballNorfolk State University
Kiersten SmithSoccerWashington State University
Kristyn HenthornCheerOhio State University
Lily ClapperGymnasticsUniversity of Michigan
Magdalena JuričVolleyballWashington State University
Margot LawnField HockeyUniversity of Maryland
Mati WaligoraGymnasticsUniversity of Alabama
McKinlee MorrisTrack and FieldColumbia University
Myra GordonBasketballPepperdine University
Olivia VanceVolleyballTemple University
Perri PageWomen’s BasketballColumbia University
Rebecca WellsGymnasticsClemson University
Roger BrownCross Country and Track and FieldCollege Of Charleston
Rylee BolinskyRowingClemson University
Shaylon GovanSoftballBaylor University
Sheridan SmithSpringboard and Platform DivingUniversity of Miami
Sofiia BriantsevaTriathlon & SwimmingEmmanuel University
Sydney LargeRowing and Cross CountryUniversity of Central Oklahoma
Zippy BroughtonBasketballUniversity of Florida
Zoey MitchellBeach VolleyballUniversity of Southern California

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