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Sisters become first high school athletes to sign NIL deal with Nike

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Soccer standouts Alyssa and Gisele Thompson now are Nike-sponsored athletes, as the sisters became the first high schoolers to sign with the brand for NIL representation.

Evan Sroka, who represents the sisters with A&V Sports, said Nike signed them to a “multiyear” contract that involves monetary compensation.

Both Alyssa, a junior at Harvard-Westlake School, and Gisele, a sophomore, are committed to Stanford, and they worked with the school’s officials to maintain NCAA eligibility, Sroka told the Los Angeles Times. Additionally, they won’t wear Harvard-Westlake uniforms or gear in any sponsored content to remain eligible under California high school NIL rules.

Both sisters not only play for their school but are part of the USWNT development program.

In March, Alyssa started for the U-20 team that won the Concacaf championship in the Dominican Republic. Gisele started for the U-17 team that won the U-17 Concacaf championship in May, also in the Dominican Republic.

“She is my role model,” said Gisele of her sister in April. “She always inspires me. She’s always working hard, we always train together. So whenever she does something, I also want to do something. I push myself as hard as she pushes herself so when I see her giving something her best, that’s how I want to be.”

Nike has been intentional in its NIL signings. In December, the company announced UCLA sophomore soccer forward Reilyn Turner as its first collegiate NIL athlete.