EAST LANSING, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Signifying a new era of athletics at Michigan State University, more than 100 Spartan athletes signed Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) contracts with Charitable Gift America (CGA) for the new academic season at today’s This Is Sparta! Signing Day event.
The celebration saw 109 athletes—from the United States and abroad—officially ink their charitable-based contracts through CGA’s This Is Sparta! NIL fund—from football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, baseball, hockey and field hockey.
“We’re proud that we’ve been able to facilitate our donors’ wishes and support a broad array of Spartan athletes from eleven different sports,” said CGA Board President Dr. Thomas Dieters. “As a model program that is fully compliant with Title IX—and one that requires all of our athletes to give a portion of their earnings back to a charity of their choice—today clearly shows that MSU now has the infrastructure in place to become a national leader in NIL contracts done right, to impact the greater good.”
Katie Lu, a member of the MSU women’s golf team, chose to donate her earnings to the Travis Manion Foundation. Honoring the legacy of 1st Lt. Travis Manion, the Travis Manion Foundation empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to thrive and serve their communities.
“The NIL world has been rapidly growing and to have Spartans lead the way is pretty spectacular,” Lu said. “Whether it’s supporting the Special Olympics, breast cancer research, or mental health, the best part about this is while we are lucky to be earning NIL funds, we are also being taught the importance of giving back. Wherever our paths take us, character is going to be the one thing that will get us the furthest. This is Sparta! and Charitable Gift America has given each and every student athlete here a chance to embody this trait.”
More than 100 charities worldwide are already benefiting from CGA’s unique approach to NIL contracts, including St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Plan International, Place of Hope, and the Global Sanctuary for Elephants.
Vicki Caine said she was touched that MSU pitcher Nick Powers donated a portion of his contract to the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan, where Caine serves as league director. The Miracle League is the organization behind DeWitt Township’s Miracle Field, a barrier-free ballpark with a specially designed rubber field surface where young athletes with special needs can play ball.
“We’re so grateful to Nick and Charitable Gift America for their support,” Caine said. “Nonprofits like the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan depend on assistance from the community to provide the services we offer and make a difference in the lives of our athletes and their families. It’s inspiring that organizations like ours across the country—and even the world—are receiving the same backing, thanks to Charitable Gift America and the young philanthropists it partners with.”
Charitable Gift America’s unique global contract allows international athletes to benefit while maintaining compliance with all applicable law. Women’s basketball player Isaline Alexander, a native of Ontario, Canada, said she was grateful for the opportunity to partner with CGA.
“Unfortunately, most international athletes aren’t able to participate in NIL programs,” Alexander said. “It’s an honor to represent my country and my university while supporting charities that are meaningful to me. I look forward to seeing more international athletes joining the CGA family.”
Individuals who wish to learn more about This is Sparta! or who wish to make a tax-deductible donation to the organization can contact Dr. Dieters at email@example.com and visit the website at cgaamerica.org.
“We’ve had an enormous amount of support from donors across Spartan Nation, and our momentum is continuing to grow,” Dieters said. “We’re just getting started.”
About Charitable Gift America
Charitable Gift America was established in 2011 and currently supports hundreds of charitable organizations and individual philanthropists around the country. The organization is the nation’s leader in split interest charitable income plans featuring both fixed and variable income. Charitable Gift America’s sophisticated model gives donors the ability to give cash, publicly traded stock, real estate and many other hard to value assets. These contributions are designated for any charitable organization the donor chooses. A completely pro bono board of directors with more than 100 years of non-profit experience is invaluable to organizations that choose to be a partner. We look forward to empowering all student athletes in their support of their philanthropic causes.
Charitable Gift America’s board is led by Dr. Thomas Dieters, who has served as the Associate Director of Planned Giving at MSU prior to founding Charitable Gift America, and won four varsity letters in baseball as a Spartan.
About This is Sparta!
This is Sparta! is a fund within Charitable Gift America, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, designed to empower Michigan State University student-athletes to make positive impacts on communities and charities close to their hearts while utilizing their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL).