Letter from the AD: Name, image and likeness at Wichita State

It is with great enthusiasm, energy and humble gratitude that I write to you, the community of Wichita, on behalf of Wichita State University and Shocker Athletics. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to connect with hundreds of passionate Shocker Athletics fans, generous supporters and campus/community partners. Within our conversations, you have consistently asked, “How can we support Shocker Athletics and Shocker student-athletes in this new era of collegiate athletics?”

We are listening and we hear you. As a result, I want to dedicate this first mass communication to providing comprehensive answers to your questions.

In addition to historical giving pathways (i.e. Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization (SASO), restricted, unrestricted, facility master plan, etc.), recent emergence of “name, image and likeness” (NIL) and “Alston Academic Payments” have increased and diversified available pathways for supporting Shocker Athletics and Shocker student-athletes. I am excited to share more information with you, as we collectively navigate our new environment. In order to provide the best possible clarity, please allow me to take a brief look back, in order to set the context for today’s environment.

Please visit https://GoShockers.com/NIL for the complete letter and more information on Name, Image and Likeness at Wichita State.


Kevin Saal

Director of Athletics