Former Clemson Baseball Players Launch NARP Clothing To Give Former Student-Athletes A Trusted Place To Sell Their Team-Issued Gear
First-of-its-kind marketplace gives former college athletes a platform to sell and profit from their player-owned gear while enabling fans to stay connected to their favorite players and teams
By: NARP Clothing
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Sports are a major source of revenue for U.S. colleges. In the NCAA alone, revenue topped $10.3 billion in 2018. Unlike professional sports, the NCAA prohibits student-athletes from capitalizing on their name, image and likeness until they turn pro or become a non-athlete regular person (NARP) (not considered a derogatory term but rather a well-known acronym among players when they phase out of college sports—hence the name of the new marketplace)
"We're excited to build a brand former student-athletes can trust," says Cromwell, a Costa Mesa, Calif. native who after attending Santa Ana college received a baseball scholarship to Clemson University. "Especially at a time when lots of college sports are on pause, it's a great way for fans to feel connected to their favorite players and teams while helping former student-athletes monetize years of their hard work."
Lockers have included:
Seth Beer, Clemson baseball, 1st round draft pick
JB Bukauskas, UNC Chapel Hill baseball, 1st round draft pick
John Simpson. Clemson football, 4th round draft pick
Garrett Taylor, Penn State football, free agent sign
Isaiah Roby, University of Nebraska basketball, 2nd round draft pick
Alex Olesinski, UCLA basketball
Payton Chang, Stanford University women's volleyball
Brittany Welsh, USC women's volleyball
NARP has lockers from a wide range of schools—from Washington to Florida and Wisconsin to Texas. There's even an option for sellers to donate proceeds to their favorite charity. University of Maryland's Megan Whittle, two-time national champion and 2nd all-time in goals scored, raised over $1000 for Black Lives Matter by selling her gear through NARP Clothing.
"What sets us apart is our personal relationships with the athletes," says Bryant, who received a scholarship at Clemson, earned his degree in three years and played a fourth year at College of Charleston while completing a master's degree in public administration. "Plus, we have some cool plans in place including vlogs from our athlete partners and NARP Academy, which allows high school athletes to speak with a former student-athlete and ask questions about college recruitment. That insider knowledge and advice is priceless."