WWE® will add 15 athletes to its “Next In Line” (NIL) program next month. The athletes joining the professional skills development program will attend the inaugural NIL Summit on Monday, June 13 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The new participants’ names will be announced during the NIL Awards ceremony.
WWE will join Meta, Wasserman and Invesco QQQ and others as founding Partners of the inaugural NIL Summit and will also serve as the exclusive Presenting Partner for the Breakthrough Athlete of the Year Award. Additionally, WWE is nominated for the Brand of the Year Award which recognizes creative excellence by a brand or organization for collaboration with a student-athlete.
WWE announced their initial 16 “Next In Line” participants in December of 2021. Four of those are nominated for awards including Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson (University of Minnesota) for Male Athlete of the Year, Haley & Hanna Cavinder (University of Miami) for Female Athlete of the Year and Jon Seaton (Elon University) for the Hustle Award.
WWE launched its official NIL (Name, Image & Likeness) program to establish a clear pathway from collegiate athletics to WWE. The comprehensive program serves to recruit and develop potential future Superstars, and further enhances WWE’s talent development process through collaborative partnerships with college athletes from diverse athletic backgrounds.
The NIL Summit presented by INFLCR is designed to provide student-athletes from across the nation a platform to converge as a community of influencers and change agents to share ideas and collaborate alongside the transformative brands and organizations shaping the future of college sports. The NIL Summit is intended to celebrate the great achievements of student-athletes while also equipping them with the tools, resources, and information necessary to maximize their outcomes both in the near term and in the years beyond their collegiate careers.
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