UCLA soccer star Reilyn Turner has signed a historic NIL deal.
On Tuesday, it was announced that the Bruins sophomore forward has agreed to a name, image, and likeness (NIL) deal with Nike. Turner becomes the first college athlete to sign a deal with the company.
Turner, who is part of the United States women’s national team U-20 squad, was the 2020 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
“As a Black woman and Mexican American, I think about those who have paved the way for me and how they used their platforms to create so much change, even beyond sport,” Turner said in a statement. “I hope to be a role model for those around me and those after me, and I’m so excited to be a part of what Nike is bringing to the future of women’s sport.
“Whether it’s the community you grow up with or the community you grow into, there’s so much positive impact that can come from how they influence you and how you influence them.”
As part of the NIL deal, Nike will partner with Turner and community partners around Los Angeles. The 19-year-old and Nike will work together to encourage the youth in the area to get active.