H&R Block Announces Roster of Female Athletes for NIL Program
Tax preparation company H&R Block releases a list of female student-athletes who are partnering with the business for its “A Fair Shot” NIL program.
The program provides sponsorship dollars and tax support for a growing cohort of female athletes who are joining forces with H&R Block to create a catalyst for women’s equity in college sports.
H&R Block launched its “A Fair Shot” program with Caitlin Clark, basketball player for the University of Iowa who recently won 2022 Big Ten Player of the Year, and Zia Cooke, basketball player for the University of South Carolina. In addition to Clark and Cooke, H&R Block is partnering with female college athletes across several sports, school sizes, locations, and race and ethnic backgrounds to amplify the importance of giving women a fair shot.
Sedona Prince, basketball player for the University of Oregon, who sparked a national conversation on the disparities between men and women in college sports last year, is now also lending her voice to “A Fair Shot.”
“It’s great to be working with a partner like H&R Block that is actively standing up for women’s sports and calling attention to the inequities we face. H&R Block is giving me an even bigger platform than what I’ve had to call attention to new NIL deals and the opportunities women in college sports are missing out on,” Prince said.
The current roster now includes the following athletes:
- Lauren Burke – University of Texas, softball
- Caitlin Clark – University of Iowa, basketball
- Emily Cole – Duke University, track and field
- Jayda Coleman – University of Oklahoma, softball
- Zia Cooke – University of South Carolina, basketball
- Jordan Chiles – University of California, Los Angeles, gymnastics
- Jaiden Fields – University of Georgia, softball
- Montana Fouts – University of Alabama, softball
- Sarah Fuller – University of North Texas, soccer
- Grace McCallum – University of Utah, gymnastics
- Jaden Owens – Baylor University, basketball
- Audrey Nourse – University of Southern California, volleyball
- Nicole Nourse – University of Southern California, volleyball
- Ayoka Lee – Kansas State University, basketball
- Sedona Prince – University of Oregon, basketball
- Lexi Rodriguez – University of Nebraska, volleyball
- Masai Russell – University of Kentucky, track and field
- Trinity Thomas – University of Florida, gymnastics
- Reilyn Turner – University of California, Los Angeles, soccer
In a released statement by H&R Block, company president and CEO Jeff Jones says: “When we first saw the news allowing college athletes to profit from their NIL, we knew that new income would create new tax questions for student athletes that they had never had to think about before. As we looked at this closely, we saw the disparity between sponsorships for women and men and took action to provide help to close that gap. We created the H&R Block A Fair Shot program to not only sponsor female college athletes across sports and schools, but also provide tax help.”
More information on H&R Block’s commitment to equity in women’s college sports is available at hrblock.com/afairshot, along with an online resource hub of information for all college athletes navigating NIL tax implications.