NIL Education Program Pushes Student-Athletes to Become Better Storytellers

Last Updated on November 14, 2022

NIL education is difficult to put together given that NIL is a constantly changing space and, regardless of division or conference, each state approaches NIL differently. With this in mind, it has been hard for institutions to put together curriculums to meet the changing needs of their student-athletes in the new space. However, there have been several companies that have developed curriculums to fill that gap.

One of those companies, The Players NIL, recently partnered with the Johns Hopkins’ Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse teams to roll out their NIL curriculum. Now, they are again changing the NIL education space with their new The NIL Storytellers program.

What is The Players NIL new program?

The Players NIL recently announced its new program, The NIL Storytellers. The program, through professional development support, will help student-athletes to be able to better share their personal stories through NIL. According to the The Players NIL press release, student-athletes in the program will receive:

  • The Five Pillars course, an online program that provides life skills and a foundation in 5 key areas.(If you want to learn more about the Five Pillars course refer to my John Hopkins article)
  • Exclusive access to VIP Networking events, a series of video calls and interviews with leading voices in multiple industries.
  • A “Buzz Score” from BuzzU, a digital marketing platform that provides student-athletes with a quantifiable marketability rate.
  • Opportunity to give back to their communities by providing access to the Five Pillars Course to 10 underserved athletes.
  • Ongoing career support with resume-building sessions, interview rounds, and exclusive access to internship and job opportunities.

How can student-athletes get involved in the program?

The first round of enrollment is complete, but there will be a second round that will begin in May 2023. Student-athletes interested in the program can apply now at the link here.

In the press release, Mark Koesterer, founder and CEO of The Players NIL said, “Our mission has always been to help student-athletes understand that NIL is for everyone and to use their opportunities to prepare for the next step in their lives.”

The following are the first round of student-athletes involved in the program, and their respective schools:

  • Jillian Archer, St. John’s, Women’s Basketball
  • Keith Dinwiddie Jr., Weber State, Men’s Basketball
  • Cailey Dockery, Notre Dame, Women’s Volleyball
  • Mia Ewell, Morgan State, Softball
  • PJ James, Bridgeport Prep Basketball
  • Grayson Jons, McDaniel College, Women’s Soccer
  • Rayquan Smith, Norfolk State, Track and Field
  • Gib Versfeld, Johns Hopkins University, Men’s Lacrosse

The student-athletes listed above represent a range of D-I to D-III schools, men’s and women’s teams, HBCUs and include a high school athlete. To learn more about the stories that each of them want to tell through their time in the program, go to The NIL Storytellers page here.


  • Madeline Myers

    Madeline C. Myers is a rising third-year law student at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Madeline received her B.A. in Political Science in January of 2022. Madeline is the Co-President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society for this upcoming year. This is the second summer she is managing a softball team for her fellow CWRU Law peers through the local bar association. In her free time she is an avid Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers, and Guardians fan, and watches ESPN, Blue Bloods, NCIS, and CNN.

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