Hard work in the classroom pays. PlayBooked celebrates the academic achievement of 217 male and female SDSU scholar-athletes from almost every sport on campus with a NIL deal.
SPRING LAKE, Mich., April 26, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — PlayBooked, a web platform/mobile app designed to help collegiate athletes monetize their years in college sports, honors 217 San Diego State University student-athletes who achieved academic excellence.
Last night, in celebration of stellar academic achievement, male and female SDSU athletes from almost every sport on campus were honored for their excellence in the classroom. PlayBooked punctuated this accomplishment by providing each scholar-athlete with a paid opportunity to share the news of their achievement on their social media platforms.
“It feels great to be celebrated in NIL for being a scholar-athlete,” shares Jayden Perez, one of the scholar-athletes and a member of the SDSU women’s basketball team. “I think it is so important to also reward academic success because for most of us athletes this is what will carry us after our college career is over. It’s also important to show younger athletes how succeeding in academics is a huge part of playing college sports.” (https://playbooked.me/jaydenperez)
“I believe having awards for academics for student-athletes reiterates an important message that often gets lost as student-athletes,” shares Aguek Arop, SDSU scholar and member of the Aztec men’s basketball team. “Namely, that we’re not only here to excel in athletics but in academics as well. Most of us won’t continue [sports] after college but that’s when our education comes into play and it’s crucial we never forget that.” (https://playbooked.me/AguekArop)
“We are thrilled to hear about the deal PlayBooked is offering to our student-athletes,” states Michelle Meyer, NIL Coordinator for SDSU. “This is just another great example of the positives NIL offers -– student-athletes being rewarded for their hard work in the classroom and not solely for their athletic achievements.
“At PlayBooked we love championships and athletic prowess like any fan, but today we celebrate the gains of these bright young minds,” explains Ken Konecki, PlayBooked President and Encinitas resident. “Athletes aren’t brands. They are scholars, athletes, and social media influencers.”
Many of these scholar-athletes have created a personal profile in the PlayBooked app where SDSU fans and alumni have direct access to book them for live video chats or video shout-outs. National brands and local San Diego businesses can also book athletes via the app to promote their products or services.
Thanks to name, image likeness (NIL) legislation passing on July 1, 2021, the new policy allows student-athletes to be compensated for their NIL without losing eligibility to play their sport.
Founded in 2020 with a San Diego-based president and board, PlayBooked is a NIL web platform/app that connects college athletes with fans and brands. PlayBooked’s digital marketplace empowers athletes to monetize their NIL by accepting booking requests to create content. Booking opportunities range from producing branded content, live video chats, video shout-outs, and special appearances.
For additional information or to create a free account as a fan, brand, or college athlete, visit PlayBooked.com.
Kimberlee Dawn Mitchell, PlayBooked, 1 616.287.3213, [email protected]