adidas aims at creating a more equitable and inclusive future of sport
To celebrate the 50th year of Title IX, adidas announced a series of brand initiatives and commitments aimed at creating a more equitable and inclusive future of sport . Commencing with the signing of 15 female student-athletes to name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals across seven collegiate sports, the brand is further underscoring its commitment to women and LGBTQI+ athletes in sport through an expanded partnership with Athlete Ally to grow chapter footprints on college campuses.
In addition, adidas is partnering with Candace Parker to create a mentorship program that provides newly signed student-athletes with guidance as they navigate the NIL era.
“As a leading global sports brand, we're focused on creating long-term equity in sport . That means both investing in the next generation of athletes today and also supporting them in the future,” said Rupert Campbell, president of adidas North America. “We welcome this group of powerful student-athletes to the adidas family and look forward to working alongside them to define what is possible for the future of sport.”
The initial group of student-athletes was revealed at the brand’s Title IX celebration in New York City announced by Billie Jean King and Ally Love , attended by Layshia Clarendon, Kristine Lilly, Ifeoma (Ify) Onumonu, Imani Dorsey, Kelsey Robinson, media, family, and friends.
The following student-athletes have been announced as adidas partners:
Maddy Anderson – Mississippi St., soccer
Emily Mason – Rutgers, soccer
Brianna Copeland – Indiana, softball
Erin Moss – Georgia Tech, volleyball
Lauren Dooley – Kansas, volleyball
Moriah Oliveira – Miami, track & field
Kinsey Fiedler – Washington, softball
Gianna Pielet – Texas A&M, tennis
Jayci “Jay” Goldsmith – Texas A&M, tennis
Izzy Redmond – ASU, gymnastics
Nicklin Hames – Nebraska, volleyball
Jaiden Thomas – NC State, soccer
Jameese Joseph – NC State, soccer
Hailey Van Lith – Louisville, basketbal
India Wells – Grambling State, softball
An Investment in All Athletes
adidas believes long-term equity in sport starts with investment. This initial all-female group of student-athletes builds on the brand’s March announcement of a sweeping, equitable and inclusive NIL Ambassador Network reaching more than 50,000 eligible student-athletes across 23 sports, all genders and 109 D1 universities beginning this fall at Power 5 programs and HBCUs.
Looking towards the next 50 years of Title IX, the Education Amendment prohibiting discrimination against students based on sex, adidas will continue investing in athletes and programs that increase representation and visibility, with this being a commitment to create a more progressive future of equity in sport .