Athletes Team Up to Tackle Ataxia: National Ataxia Foundation’s NIL Campaign


The National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) is breaking new ground in the world of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) partnerships. With a focus on raising awareness and funds for a rare neurodegenerative disease known as Ataxia.  Athletes from the University of Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Stanford, and the University of Miami have joined forces to support research and fundraising efforts for Ataxia through the NAF’s NIL campaign.

Rather than endorsing consumer products, these college athletes are leveraging their platforms to shed light on Ataxia. A condition that affects balance, movement, and fine motor skills.  The NAF’s partnership with these athletes aims to amplify awareness about Ataxia. And the urgent need for research and treatment development.

For athletes like J.D. Urso of the University of Miami Baseball team, the opportunity to support the NAF’s mission holds personal significance.  Through social media advocacy and fundraising initiatives, Urso and his fellow athletes are making a tangible impact in the fight against Ataxia.

The success of the NIL campaign reflects the alignment of values between the athletes and the NAF, with a shared commitment to making a difference in the lives of those affected by Ataxia. As the NAF looks to expand its athlete roster in 2024, this innovative partnership model holds promise for driving further awareness and support for Ataxia research and advocacy efforts.

We would like to thank Michael Ehrlich and NAF for sharing this inspirational story with us. Please share your thoughts and/or comments on this or any other article.

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