MSU Women’s Gymnastics Team Makes History With Team-wide Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Agreement


EAST LANSING, Michigan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a historic gesture, the 19 members of the 2022-2023 female gymnastics team at University of Michigan have been awarded Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deals emphasizing charitable donations – a deal that will strengthen Spartan athletics while empowering student-athletes to change the world.

This marks the first time in NCAA history that an entire women’s gymnastics team will receive such NIL contracts and is one of the few team-wide deals in the country. The contracts were awarded by It’s Sparta!a group organized by Charity Donation America, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. In addition to the women’s gymnastics team, It’s Sparta! also entered into individual agreements with Spartan football and baseball players.

dr. Thomas DieterChairman of the Charitable Gift America Board of Directors and proud Spartan, said each student-athlete will choose a nonprofit organization to support, giving them the opportunity to further the mission of charities across the country. and the world.

“Spartans never settle – every day they strive to achieve greatness and uplift those around them while making the world a better place,” he said. “It’s Sparta! gives individuals a unique opportunity to support MSU Athletics and well-endorsed charitable causes at the same time. He’s a game-changer that will make a difference on and off the pitch.

Dieters Said It’s Sparta! aligns with the passion and purpose exemplified by Spartan athletes and the fans who support them.

“As a former Spartan student-athlete, it gives me great pleasure to not only help these current student-athletes financially, but also to impact charities across the country,” Dieters said. “Using the power of NIL contracts to impact the greater good puts MSU and Charitable Gift America at the forefront of how a collective can impact positively for many.”

The women’s gymnastics team has been hugely successful in all areas lately. In addition to finishing second at the Big Ten Championships earlier this year, the team received 17 individual Scholastic All-America Award honors from the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association in August. .

Make a donation

People who want to know more about It’s Sparta! or who would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the organization can contact Dr. Dieters at [email protected] or visit the website at

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About Charitable Gift America

Charitable Gift America was established in 2012 and currently supports hundreds of charities and individual philanthropists across the country. The organization is the national leader in shared interest charitable income plans offering both fixed and variable income. Charitable Gift America’s sophisticated model gives donors the ability to donate cash, publicly traded stocks, real estate, and many other hard-to-value assets. These contributions are intended for any charitable organization chosen by the donor. A fully pro bono Board of Directors with over 100 years of nonprofit experience is invaluable to organizations that choose to be a partner. We look forward to empowering all student athletes in supporting their philanthropic causes.

The Charitable Gift America Board of Directors is led by Dr. Thomas Dieters, who served as Associate Director of Planned Giving at MSU before founding Charitable Gift America, and won four varsity baseball letters as a Spartan.

About It’s Sparta!

It’s Sparta! is a fund within Charitable Gift America, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, designed to enable student-athletes at Michigan State University to have a positive impact on the communities and charities they care about while using their name, image and likeness (NIL).


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