Name. Image. Likeness.


The Chicago Collective was created to empower UIC student-athletes to achieve their greatest potential in the classroom, on and off the field and court. By empowering UIC student-athletes, we provide innovative ways for them to grow as individuals, graduates and ambassadors not only for the University and its fans, but for the city of Chicago. Our goal is help current and future Flames leverage the power of their name, image and likeness to build a brighter future for themselves and the Chicago community.

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Are you a Flames fan ready to help UIC Athletics thrive in the next chapter of college athletics? Join The Chicago Collective today!

Want to support Yellow Jackets working with Atlanta charities? Jackets for Atlanthropy partners with local charities to provide NIL opportunities for student-athletes. Explore options to contribute, including a givebacks program that donates a portion of eligible online purchases at no cost to the consumer.


Approximately 85 – 90%. The Chicago Collective keeps its overhead costs as low as possible, but must cover expenses related to IT, legal, marketing materials, content creation, student-athlete education, fan engagement experiences, accounting, bookkeeping and agency services. 

Yes, The Chicago Collective members can designate what sport and their respective student-athletes contributions will be earmarked for. Members can also contact us directly at to set up activations with their favorite student-athlete(s).

Individuals and businesses interested in giving larger contributions to The Chicago Collective can contact us directly at

Contributions can be specified for specific sports, programs and activations.

No, contracts vary based on the specific athlete and the requirements of the contributor and/or activation. Each deal is individually negotiated and agreed upon by the student-athletes. That being said, The Chicago Collective seeks to provide equal opportunities for both male and female student-athletes.

No, contracts are not exclusive. We want all UIC student-athletes to thrive under NIL and take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way.

The Chicago Collective offers UIC student-athletes near limitless opportunities to engage in NIL activations, including: autograph signings, social media promotions, camps and clinics, charity events, special appearances, commercials, and many more!

Yes – businesses and individuals can request specific NIL deals with athletes. Contact us at to get started.

Contracts are limited in time and scope to provide protection for contributor funds in situations when student-athlete transfers.

No, The Chicago Collective is not affiliated with the UIC in any way. The Chicago Collective is a third party created to work with UIC student-athletes.

Student-athletes are restricted on opportunities outlined in the Illinois Student-Athlete Endorsement Rights Act. Additionally, there must be quid-pro-quo between the athlete and an individual or business and opportunities cannot be conditioned on a pay for play or recruiting inducement for prospective student-athletes. The Chicago Collective seeks to create a wide range of NIL opportunities for student-athletes that help them grow as young men and women, while also giving supporters an opportunity to interact with student-athletes in unique ways.

The Chicago Collective is not a 501c3 tax exempt entity.  As such, contributions to The Chicago Collective are not tax deductible as a charitable donation.

A business may direct that payments for the NIL activations by the student athletes be used to promote the business and/or market the business’ products and services. To learn more, contact us at  Under these circumstances a business may be able to deduct these payments and/or payments for a membership to The Chicago Collective as a business expense. Of course, a business seeking a tax deduction for such payments should consult with it’s tax advisor prior to taking any such deduction.

Nothing in this communication is intended to constitute legal or tax advice.