California sisters who play with USA national youth soccer teams are the first high school athletes to sign a name, image and likeness deal with Nike.
Alyssa and Gisele Thompson of Harvard Westlake High School in Los Angeles signed a multiyear deal with Nike, according to A&V Sports' Evan Sroka, who represents the sisters. Both sisters are committed to play for Stanford after high school. Terms of the deal weren't announced.
Nike has signed sisters Alyssa & Gisele Thompson to multi-year deals. This marks Nike's first High School NIL deal.
Both sisters are members of the US National Team system and are committed to @StanfordWSoccer
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NIL deals have opened the door for college athletes who otherwise wouldn't get paid to profit off their name, image and likeness. California regulations allow high school athletes the same benefit. The Thompsons aren't allowed to wear Harvard Westlake gear in any NIL activity, The Los Angeles Times reports. Sroka told the Times that the sisters worked out the deal alongside Stanford to ensure that they would maintain their NCAA eligibility.
Nike's first NIL deal of any kind was also with a women's soccer player. It signed UCLA sophomore Reilyn Turner to an NIL deal in December.