Raleigh, N.C.– November 28, 2022– Pack of Wolves NIL Collective today announced a strategic move to ensure that N.C. State football student–athletes can remain competitive in the NIL landscape. The program, called “Leading the Pack,“ creates opportunities for these student–athletes to engage in NIL activities in the community this next calendar year, where they could earn a minimum of $25,000 based upon an individual analysis of the NIL value that each student–athlete brings.
“We sought to create an enhanced NIL organization with a high standard of trust and accountability that honors N.C. State’s excellence,“ said Charlie Stallings, chairman of the board for Pack of Wolves collective. “We have worked hard to pair businesses, brands, and local charities with N.C. State football student–athletes. This behind–the–scenes work has brought us to the point where we can make this significant commitment today. Football student–athletes will go out into the community monthly with the opportunity to earn $25,000 or more annually. These engagements can be charitable appearances working with youth in the community, partnering with the businesses or brands who have contributed, and more.“
“We are excited about the continued expansion of Name, Image, and Likeness opportunities available to N.C. State student–athletes,“ said Dave Doeren, N.C. State football coach. “We are particularly proud that they can use their platform to impact the greater North Carolina community and its philanthropic organizations.“
To help power the collective and to deliver on the engagements and community involvement that the student–athletes will be doing, Pack of Wolves has signed on with the industry leader in full–service Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) collectives, Blueprint Sports. “Our partnership with Blueprint Sports is a no–brainer, especially with the Belltower and the tax–deductible options we now have available. Our board has always been philanthropists at heart, and developing this new partnership is a winning opportunity for student–athletes and the community,” said Stallings.
Several local charities have already signed on to participate, including Gigi’s Playhouse of Raleigh, N.C., the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County, Dress for Success Triangle N.C., The Harrelson Center of Wilmington, N.C., SAFEchild, and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Local and national businesses, as well as community supporters and fans, have multiple options to engage with N.C. State student–athletes, including by utilizing the partner BPS Foundation, a 501c3 organization that allows for tax–deductible contributions to be made to support N.C. State student–athletes. Pack of Wolves builds partnerships between companies, brands, and student–athletes for marketing opportunities, including online influencer campaigns, local appearances, youth sports coaching, speaking engagements, and more. Visit packofwolvesnil.com to donate today and follow @PackofwolvesNIL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Blueprint Sports:
Founded in Las Vegas 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 in communities across the country, including Friends of Nova, around Villanova University, Friends of Spike, around Gonzaga University, Friends of Wilbur & Wilma, around the University of Arizona, Lions Legacy Club, around Penn State Football, Friends of BaseVols, around the University of Tennessee, Friends of UNILV, around the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Friends of the Pack, around the 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 blueprintsports.com and follow @PoweredByBPS on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.
About Name, Image, Likeness (NIL)On June 30, 2021, the Division 1 Board of Directors approved an interim name, image, and likeness policy. This new policy allows all NCAA DI, DII, and DIII student–athletes to be compensated for their NIL as of July 1, 2021. Student–athletes can now engage in paid community appearances, autograph sessions, youth coaching engagements, and sports marketing campaigns.
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!