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VISION

MISSION

Rewriting the model for the way student-athletes deserve to be supported in the NIL era, with a uniquely Wisconsin approach that empowers the whole of each student-athlete, enhances their opportunities and creates positive ripples across the community.

Inspired by the Wisconsin Idea, we’re building bridges for Badger student-athletes with a foundation of lifelong success – maximizing their NIL while equipping them with education and mentorship for the game of life.

VISION

Inspired by the Wisconsin Idea, we’re building bridges for Badger student-athletes with a foundation of lifelong success – maximizing their NIL while equipping them with education and mentorship for the game of life.

MISSION

Rewriting the model for the way student-athletes deserve to be supported in the NIL era, with a uniquely Wisconsin approach that empowers the whole of each student-athlete, enhances their opportunities and creates positive ripples across the community.

ABOUT THE VARSITY COLLECTIVE

The Varsity Collective is anchored in two purposes:

  • Help student-athletes maximize their NIL through education, support and partnerships with community organizations.
  • Equip student-athletes with lifelong insights and mentorship provided by Wisconsin alumni and former athletes at the top of professional fields like sports, finance, entrepreneurship, entertainment, marketing and communications and more.

NIL SUPPORT

Facilitating opportunities for student-athletes to support giveback partnerships that uplift the Badger community as part of its effort to support community 501(c)(3) organizations.

NIL BRANDING SUPPORT

Training through a unique program, Rep Yourself, to help student-athletes navigate the NIL landscape, develop their personal brand, unlock new earnings opportunities and build a profile for life after college

LIFE CURRENCY™

Creating a unique platform for student-athletes to learn from an extensive group of alumni athletes, businesspeople and professionals across career disciplines, including mentorships and meaningful insights for every stage of the college experience and beyond.

FUNDING THE FUTURE

Establishing a sustainable base of donors, businesses and 501(c)(3) charitable partnerships to foster ever-growing NIL opportunities for student- athletes

NIL SUPPORT

Facilitating opportunities for student-athletes to support giveback partnerships that uplift the Badger community as part of its effort to support community 501(c)(3) organizations.

NIL BRANDING SUPPORT

Training through a unique program, Rep Yourself, to help student-athletes navigate the NIL landscape, develop their personal brand, unlock new earnings opportunities and build a profile for life after college

LIFE CURRENCY™

Creating a unique platform for student-athletes to learn from an extensive group of alumni athletes, businesspeople and professionals across career disciplines, including mentorships and meaningful insights for every stage of the college experience and beyond.

FUNDING THE FUTURE

Establishing a sustainable base of donors, businesses and 501(c)(3) charitable partnerships to foster ever-growing NIL opportunities for student- athletes

LED BY MANY OF WISCONSIN’S FINEST

Led and backed by a team including many noteworthy Badger athletes and alumni, we will announce additional members of The Varsity Collective’s leadership team during the remainder of 2022 and throughout 2023.

Ted KellnerClass of 1969
Brooks BollingerClass of 2003
Todd DeutschClass of 1994
Kenny DichterClass of 1990
Peter Feigin
Megan JerabekClass of 2003
Kim KelleherClass of 1993
Jason LublinClass of 1993
Jeff MackClass of 2003
Roger MansukhaniClass of 1989
Rob MasterClass of 1993
Smita ReddyClass of 2002
Craig RossClass of 1995
Paul WrychaClass of 1988

LED BY MANY OF WISCONSIN’S FINEST

Led and backed by a team including many noteworthy Badger athletes and alumni, we will announce additional members of The Varsity Collective’s leadership team during the remainder of 2022 and throughout 2023.

Ted KellnerClass of 1969
Peter Feigin
Jeff MackClass of 2003
Craig RossClass of 1995
Brooks BollingerClass of 2003
Megan JerabekClass of 2003
Rob MasterClass of 1993
Paul WrychaClass of 1988
Todd DeutschClass of 1994
Kim KelleherClass of 1993
Roger MansukhaniClass of 1989
Kenny DichterClass of 1990
Jason LublinClass of 1993
Smita ReddyClass of 2002

CONTRIBUTE TO THE COLLECTIVE

Your tax-deductible charitable contribution empowers student-athletes to earn their value while bringing out their Badger best in the classroom, in the community, on the field and in the game of life. 

The Varsity Collective partners with Badger student-athletes for charitable partnerships and philanthropic efforts that benefit both the student-athlete and the charitable causes they support in communities across Wisconsin.

The Varsity Collective Charitable Fund, Inc. is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 organization, exempt from federal income tax.  Operating as a charitable organization, you may claim your contribution to The Varsity Collective Charitable Fund, Inc. as a charitable income tax deduction.  Please consult your tax advisor for more information.

You can adjust or cancel your reoccurring contributions using this link.

The Varsity Collective Charitable Fund, Inc. has applied for section 501(c)(3) status; it anticipates receiving such status from the IRS with such status being retroactive to the date of incorporation.  As the Varsity Collective Charitable Fund is organized and operating as a charitable organization, you may claim your contribution to The Varsity Collective Charitable Fund, Inc. as a charitable income tax deduction.  Please consult your tax advisor for more information.

You can adjust or cancel your reoccurring contributions using this link.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW CAN I SUPPORT BADGER STUDENT-ATHLETES?2022-09-09T17:22:24+00:00

You can support Badger student-athletes individually, by team, or in general by clicking here.

IS THE VARSITY COLLECTIVE AFFILIATED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN?2022-09-09T17:22:44+00:00

No, although our mission is to benefit Badger student-athletes and their community, The Varsity Collective is a separate entity from the University of Wisconsin.

ARE DONATIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE?2022-09-08T08:48:51+00:00

The Varsity Collective Charitable Fund, Inc. has applied for section 501(c)(3) status; it anticipates receiving such status from the IRS with such status being retroactive to the date of incorporation. As the Varsity Collective Charitable Fund is organized and operating as a charitable organization, you may claim your contribution to The Varsity Collective Charitable Fund, Inc. as a charitable income tax deduction. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.

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