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Nike Signs California High School Soccer Sisters to NIL Deal



Soccer players Alyssa Thompson, left, and her sister Gisele have signed NIL contracts with Nike while still in high school. (JustWomenSports)
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Nike has signed two southern California sisters who are budding soccer stars to the company’s first name, image, and likeness contract for high school athletes.

A&V Sports’ Evan Sroka, who represents Alyssa and Gisele Thompson of Harvard Westlake High School in Los Angeles, said they signed a multi-year deal. Contract terms were not revealed.

The announcement was made Monday night at a dinner in Los Angeles.

NIL deals, which are exploding for college athletes, are allowed under California law for high school students as well.

However, they are not allowed to appear in Harvard-Westlake uniforms or gear in their Nike promotions, according to California Interscholastic Federation NIL rules.

Sisters Have Scholarships Waiting at Stanford

The sisters already have committed to Stanford after high school. Sroka told The Los Angeles Times that the sisters worked out the deal alongside Stanford to ensure that they would maintain their NCAA eligibility.

Alyssa, a junior, is a starter for the USA under-20 team. Gisele, a sophomore, starts on the under-17 USA team. Both of those teams won CONCACAF championships this spring.

In addition, Alyssa also won the CIF Division 3 100 meters sprint on Saturday at the Southern Section track and field championships.

You can check which states allow high school NIL contracts at this link.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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