Tafara Gapare made history with a five-figure NIL deal

Tafara Gapare, a super-talented Kiwi Hooper recently signed an estimated five-figure NIL deal with the Massachusetts Collective. Tafara is a 6’9″ athletic forward who is currently studying at the University of Massachusetts.

He joined a hand full of International student-athletes who were able to capitalise on a NIL deal.

Patrick MacWilliams is passionate about UMASS basketball, so much so, he started his own NIL collective to help student-athletes receive financial compensation.

MacWilliams said: “That will take a lot of work. It will take a lot of education of people who aren’t familiar with how NIL works, old school people, new school people, whoever it may be.”

A collective is an organization formed to benefit student-athletes at a specific institution. Collectives pool funds from donors to help create NIL opportunities for student-athletes.

“Our goal is to help University of Massachusetts basketball athletes capitalize on their name, image and likeness. And so far, we’ve signed three players. The first player was Tafara from New Zealand who was extremely excited about and is able to get that deal done as our first player was something that we really were concentrating on and we’re excited that we were able to get it done in such a short time span that we had available to him being an international player. But our goal is to expand our membership base and expand the impact that we can have with athletes at UMass, both on the men’s and women’s side.”

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