Arizona football players receive laptops as part of 'Friends of Wilbur and Wilma' NIL program

Arizona football players are starting to reap the benefits from the new “Friends of Wilbur and Wilma” NIL program.

Players received more than 100 new laptops at their team meeting last Friday, according to a news release.

Friends of Wilbur and Wilma is a new program enabling supporters of UA athletics to engage and work with student-athletes on NIL (name, image and likeness) initiatives.

Per the release, the laptops were procured through the Arizona Football Touchdown Club Collective, which connected the players with Athlete Assets, a business that creates and distributes digital collectibles, or NFTs.

The laptops were part of the players’ compensation for the NFTs, which Athlete Assets CEO Adam Small described as “a one-of-a-kind digital collectible featuring the NIL of every player on the football team.”

Mike Smith

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Mike Smith joined Micconope 1851 in March 2023 and is excited to be the General Manager and looks forward to working with Blueprint Sports increase NIL revenue generation for Florida State University student-athletes. Smith comes to Micconope 1851 from Catawba College where he held the title as the Senior Director of Athletics, Development. Prior to working in Athletics at Catawba College, Mike served as the Associate Athletics Director for External Relations at Charleston Southern University. Smith has an impressive background in the collegiate athletics industry, having held senior level development and corporate sponsorship sales roles at The University of Southern Mississippi, Limestone University, the Sun Belt Conference, Florida Atlantic University, and with multimedia rights-holders Tele South Communications at the University of Mississippi, Learfield Sports at UNC Chapel Hill, and with International Sports Properties at Georgia Tech. Smith is a graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and holds a master’s degree in Business Management from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In his new role here at Micconppe 1851, Smith will be responsible for raising major gifts for NIL deals as well as securing NIL corporate sponsorships for Florida State University student-athletes. Mike looks forward to helping ensure the FSU student-athletes have the resources and leadership opportunities to remain competitive nationally and positioned for success well beyond graduation. Mike is married to Katy Smith; the couple looks forward to relocating to Tallahassee, Florida, and becoming a part of the Micconope 1851 and Seminole family!

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