The first-of-its-kind partnership will create and support NIL transactions for student-athletes who are veterans, the children of active-duty military members, or Gold Star families.

LAS VEGAS (November 10, 2023) – Blueprint Sports, an industry leader in NIL that powers some of the nation’s top collectives, today announced a partnership with Task Force MVP, an organization dedicated to supporting and uplifting student-athletes who are veterans, the children of active-duty military members, or Gold Star families.  


“This Veteran’s Day, we wanted to honor our commitment to the military in a unique, relevant, and truly impactful way,” said Christopher Vedvick, co-founder and CEO of Task Force MVP. “That’s why we’re looking to the next generation: the young leaders we want to support are the backbone of this nation. Whether they’ve served themselves or are the family members of people who’ve served, we want to champion the dreams of those student-athletes who embody the spirit of our nation’s heroes.” 


The first-of-its-kind partnership aims to provide specific and targeted support to military community student-athletes all over the country, maximizing their NIL opportunities for impact-driven non-profit work or corporate sponsorships.  


“This initiative was born out of a burning desire to invest in the legacy of our nation’s finest,” said Mohamad Mirghahari, co-founder and President of Task Force MVP. “It’s so much more than NIL –it’s a way to leverage sports to say thank you to our military community, to tell them that we see them, that we support them and their families’ dreams beyond their years of service.” 


Task Force MVP tapped Blueprint Sports’ industry-leading NIL infrastructures for two reasons: first, because the two organizations are so widely aligned on the mission behind this initiative and second, so they could leverage the company’s well-established systems, contacts, and national resources to help drive NIL opportunities for the military community and bring their mission to life.  


“Blueprint Sports has facilitated countless impactful opportunities for the communities and student-athletes we serve across the nation, but we’re always striving to find new ways to support the leaders of tomorrow through NIL,” said Rob Sine, CEO of Blueprint Sports. “As the son of a military veteran, it was a natural decision to partner with Task Force MVP, whose mission and model will continue to help us be a vehicle of opportunity for student-athletes, all while making a real difference in the military community. Impactful, important, and invaluable—these kinds of partnerships we cherish the most. This Veteran’s Day, we’re honored to be part of something that supports our nation’s heroes in such a way.” 


Supporters who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Task Force MVP fund can do so through the organization’s partnership with the BPS Foundation, a national 501c3 organization. Visit to contribute online today. For more information on all contribution options or to get more information on how to get involved with Task Force MVP, please contact 


About Taskforce MVP 

Founded by Christopher Vedvick and Mohamad Mirghahari, two defense and military community members who’ve served in the US Army and US Special Operations Forces and Department of Defense respectively, Task Force MVP stands as a sentinel of support for the collegiate spirit and the families who’ve served our nation with unyielding courage. Their mission transcends the field – it’s about cultivating a community where the dreams of student-athletes align with the virtues of our nation’s most revered heroes.  


About Blueprint Sports 

Founded in 2020 and backed by Andre Agassi, eight-time Grand Slam tennis champion, Blueprint Sports (BPS) powers the industry’s leading name, image, and likeness (NIL) collectives for alumni, supporters, and businesses, connecting them with student-athletes at their favorite university. BPS’ national portfolio of collectives supports student-athletes across the country, including around Penn State University, University of Maryland, University of Kansas, Boston College, NC State University, Kansas State University, Villanova University, Gonzaga University, University of Arizona, University of Tennessee, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Nevada, and more. The Blueprint Sports management team possesses over 50 years of college and professional sports experience, spanning the Pac-12 Conference, IMG, Learfield, and Nevada Athletics Commission, among others. For more information, visit or its pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   





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