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adidas Signs Four Overtime Elite Athletes to NIL Deals

Ian Jackson, Karter Knox, Mikel Brown Jr., and Adam Oumiddoch for adidas
Ian Jackson, Karter Knox, Mikel Brown Jr., and Adam Oumiddoch for adidas

adidas has taken a monumental step in sports by signing four standout athletes from Overtime Elite (OTE) as NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) brand ambassadors. The athletes, Ian Jackson, Karter Knox, Mikel Brown Jr., and Adam Oumiddoch, represent the future of basketball and underscore adidas' commitment to nurturing young talent.

In October 2023, adidas and OTE forged a multi-year partnership, with adidas becoming the exclusive apparel and footwear sponsor for the basketball league. This collaboration is rooted in a shared philosophy that prioritizes the athlete, focusing on their development and well-being. By integrating these young talents into the adidas family, the brand aims to champion the future leaders of basketball while reaffirming its dedication to advancing the sport.

Eric Wise, the General Manager of Global Basketball at adidas, emphasized the importance of this partnership, stating it allows adidas to foster a collaborative environment that equips athletes with high-performance products and propels them to success both on and off the court. This initiative is about more than just sponsorship; it's about creating a nurturing ecosystem that offers these athletes unparalleled growth opportunities.

The four OTE athletes embody the spirit of adidas Basketball and bring impressive accolades to the table. Ian Jackson and Karter Knox are both 2024 McDonald’s All-Americans, with Jackson also being a two-time gold medalist with USA Basketball and committed to the University of North Carolina. Knox is celebrated as Florida's top player and the 3A Florida Player of the Year in his junior year. Mikel Brown Jr., a Class of 2025 athlete, is known for his sharpshooting abilities. Adam Oumiddoch, a sophomore, stands out as one of the top 20 players in his class and the only underclassman at OTE averaging double figures in scoring.

This partnership also provides OTE athletes a platform to expand their brands and gain early exposure to the industry's inner workings. They will have access to educational opportunities, including product testing, mentorship, and visits to adidas headquarters, preparing them for a successful career in sports.

Jack Jenkins, VP of Brand Partnerships at Overtime, praised adidas' focus on next-generation athletes and their commitment to empowering OTE players. This partnership already garnered significant attention, with millions of views amassed through shared content creation, league games, and visits from current adidas athletes like Donovan Mitchell and Trae Young.

An exciting aspect of this collaboration will be spotlighting top high school talents, including the three NIL ambassadors, in four league games across two days in Indianapolis. These games, coinciding with NBA All-Star Weekend festivities, promise to showcase elite young talent and will be broadcast live, offering fans a glimpse into the future of basketball.

adidas' signing of these four OTE athletes marks a significant milestone in sports sponsorship, showcasing a forward-thinking approach that blends talent development with brand partnership. It's a strategic that benefits the athletes and strengthens adidas' position as a leader in the global sports industry. For more updates on the latest happenings in the sneaker and streetwear world, download the Sole Retriever mobile app.

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