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The TUFF Fund Signs Its First Temple Student Athletes to NIL Deals

The TUFF Fund, an NIL collective supporting Temple student athletes, has signed its initial class of 16 athletes.

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Last Updated on October 20, 2022 by Kristi Dosh

The TUFF Fund, an NIL collective supporting Temple student athletes, has come to terms on NIL partnerships with its first group of athletes.

“Due to the overwhelming response from our passionate alumni base in the two months since our inception, we were able to sign agreements with 16 student-athletes to utilize their name, image, and likeness,” said Andy Carl, executive director of the TUFF Fund. “These student-athletes represent our initial ascent into the charitably-focused NIL space. The agreements signify a starting point for what we set out to do from our inception: to provide platforms for our student-athletes’ passions through charitable endeavors in the Philadelphia community using the support of our alumni and fans as a vehicle.”

In the coming weeks, the TUFF Fund will announce several community-focused partnerships that will concentrate on its pillars of action: gun violence, poverty, and mental health.

One of the charitable partnerships that the TUFF Fund has already finalized is with Hoops 4 Hope, a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia that utilizes basketball to engage and empower individuals experiencing homelessness, allowing them to invest in their physical and mental well-being while having carefree fun in a safe environment.

Leo Porth, vice president for Hoops 4 Hoops, on the partnership: “We are excited to announce a partnership with the TUFF Fund and current Temple student-athletes. Hoops 4 Hope aims to break down the stigma surrounding homelessness and a partnership with Temple University alumni and student-athletes shows their commitment to the community.”

The following student-athletes have signed with the TUFF Fund: 

  • Khalif Battle (Men’s Basketball)
  • Shane Dezonie (Men’s Basketball)
  • Brooke Donabedian (Women’s Gymnastics)
  • Damian Dunn (Men’s Basketball)
  • Aniya Gourdine (Women’s Basketball)
  • Zach Hicks (Men’s Basketball)
  • Layton Jordan (Football)
  • Nick Jourdain (Men’s Basketball)
  • Sawyer Koza (Men’s Soccer)
  • Hysier Miller (Men’s Basketball)
  • Taylor Moncman (Women’s Lacrosse)
  • Jamille Reynolds (Men’s Basketball)
  • Deuce Roberts (Men’s Basketball)
  • Taj Thweatt (Men’s Basketball)
  • Jahlil White (Men’s Basketball)
  • Ethan Whitney (Golf)

“I think it’s awesome to have a platform through the TUFF Fund to give back to the community because they have been so welcoming to us as Temple student-athletes,” Moncman, a sophomore defender on the women’s lacrosse team, explained.

“Just being a local kid, being from Philadelphia, just giving us the opportunity to give back to the community, it means a lot,” Miller, a sophomore guard from South Philadelphia on the men’s basketball team, added. “I’m really appreciative that the TUFF Fund and our alumni recognized how important it is to have the ability and resources to give back to the place we call home.”

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  • Kristi Dosh

    Kristi A. Dosh is the founder of BusinessofCollegeSports.com and has served as a sports business analyst and contributor for outlets such as Forbes, ESPN, SportsBusiness Journal, Bleacher Report, SB Nation and more. She is also the author of a book on the business of college football, Saturday Millionaires. Kristi is a sought-after consultant and speaker on topics related to the business of college sports and a former practicing attorney. Click to learn more

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