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The Foundation NIL event raises money for Ohio State student-athletes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A name, image and likeness event featuring Ohio State coaches Ryan Day and Chris Holtmann brought hundreds of donors to The Blackwell on Monday to raise money for Buckeye student athletes who were also in attendance.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars was raised to support OSU student athletes who are clients with The Foundation, Ohio State’s NIL collective nonprofit organization that pays football and basketball players in exchange for working with local charities.

15 student athletes were in attendance, including C.J. Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, TreVeyon Henderson and Denzel Burke. Those four Buckeyes were signed to a $550,000 deal to serve as ambassadors for three companies.

You can watch one-on-one interviews with Day, Holtmann and Stroud in the video player above.

A $1,000 donation gave attendees two tickets to the event while a $10,000 donation gave attendees a table for ten, recognition during the dinner and a photo with Day and Holtmann. An exact number for how much was raised has not yet been released but based on how many people attended and nine live auction opportunities, the figure reaches into six figures and potentially higher.

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