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Sport UConn star Paige Bueckers becomes first college athlete to sign endorsement deal with Gatorade

02:40  30 november  2021
02:40  30 november  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

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Paige Bueckers (born October 20, 2001) is an American college basketball player for the UConn Huskies of the Big East Conference.

The state of Connecticut also provided its own rules of allowed roads for college athletes to earn money from the 1 st. of September, in the Public Law 21-132 of the state. Specifically, female athletes must still wear Nike products to all official activities and all official team matches. The Swoosh has long counted UConn as one of its NCAA “elite” schools. Bueckers He primarily wore the Nike Kyrie 7 in the team’s exclusive color palette throughout his rookie year. On July 13, UConn ’s athletic department struck a deal with social media insights company Opendorse to provide its student- athletes with

On Monday, Gatorade signed its first college athlete -- Connecticut women's basketball star Paige Bueckers. The deal is the first time Gatorade signed someone for their name, image and likeness (NIL), which now allows college athletes to make a profit.

Dec 29, 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies guard Paige Bueckers (5) drives the ball against DePaul Blue Demons guard Lexi Held (10) in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports © Provided by CBS Sports

Dec 29, 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies guard Paige Bueckers (5) drives the ball against DePaul Blue Demons guard Lexi Held (10) in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Bueckers will "join marketing and community activations focused on driving impact for women's basketball."

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STORRS — Paige Bueckers has long been viewed as a college athlete positioned to cash in on her name, image and likeness. Bueckers , UConn ’s breakout star as a freshman, was well known before landing Storrs. She brought a large social media following to college and her brand was strong thanks to highlight videos that turned a Minnesota high school kid into a basketball celebrity. So it’s no surprise that companies and sponsors are reaching out to Bueckers and her family in the early stages of the NIL era of college athletics . Athletes across the country has been signing deals and UConn ’s policy

Bueckers became a leader early. She can remember a game when she was a third-grader, playing on a fifth-grade team that was losing by 5 points with about seven seconds to go. She hit a 3-pointer, stole the inbounds pass, and laid it in. Bueckers deflects praise, instead crediting her teammates, coaches, and a deep faith in God for her success. Former UConn star and now ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo said that may be one reason those players accept her has a leader, despite her youth. “She celebrates her teammates more than she ever celebrates herself and that is the kind of teammate that

Gatorade tweeted a hype video of the star athlete, writing, "A point guard. A leader. A Bucket.  And now, the newest member of the Gatorade Family. Welcome to the squad."

In the video, Bueckers is heard saying:

"I won National Gatorade Player of the Year in high school and that's when our relationship kind of started. And now to be an actual Gatorade athlete, it's surreal to me, it's amazing to me, it's such a blessing and I can't wait to get started."

The video ended with the words, "Welcome to the family, Paige."

On Sunday, Gatorade teased the signing by tweeting a lightning emoji representing their logo and a bucket emoji as well as "coming soon."

The 20-year-old is averaging 20.5 points, 6.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks. She helped the Huskies advance to the Final Four last season as a freshman, and her sophomore season is showing promising signs of living up to the high standard set at UConn under legendary coach Geno Auriemma.

Current Gatorade athletes include Serena Williams, Elena Delle Donne, Zion Williamson, Jayson Tatum and Trevor Lawrence.

This is Bueckers' second NIL contract, coming three weeks after a deal with sneaker marketplace StockX was announced.

Georgia Tech Snaps UConn's 240 Consecutive Win Streak Against Unranked Teams .
The Yellow Jackets earned a big win on Thursday night. View the original article to see embedded media.Connecticut (5–2) entered its game on Thursday with 240 consecutive victories all-time against unranked opponents. Without its star Paige Bueckers—who is dealing with a tibial plateau fracture—the Yellow Jackets (6–2) broke the Huskies' streak in a  57–44 win.With the win, the Yellow Jackets earned their first win against the Huskies as UConn came into the game with a 2–0 record all-time against Georgia Tech. Prior to Thursday's win, the two teams last played against each other in 2010.

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