Friends of Wilbur & Wilma NIL Organization Plans Ice Shaker Giveaway and Autograph Session at Arizona Spring Game
Friends of Wilbur & Wilma, a fan-run, alumni-led supporters group for Arizona student-athletes, is planning a special event to coincide with Saturday’s Wildcat football spring game at Arizona Stadium.
Friends of Wilbur & Wilma is a Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) organization designed to welcome alumni, fans, and businesses who want to engage and work with Arizona student-athletes.
The first 1,000 Zona Zoo students to attend the game at noon will receive a free Ice Shaker, a protein shaker developed by the Gronkowski brothers – including Rob and his brother Chriswho both played in Arizona.
In addition to this, after the match, the Friends of Wilbur & Wilma will be hosting an autograph session at Bear Down Field adjacent to the stadium with Tedy Bruschi and Lance Briggs (Arizona legends return to coach the red and blue teams in the scrum) as well as 12 of the Arizona players.
The list of players coached by Jedd Fisch in his second year who will sign autographs: Hunter Echos, Dorian Singer, Christian Rowland Wallace, Jordan Morgan, Laura’s Jayden, Jonah Coleman, Jacob Cowing, Kyon bars, young christian, Tetairoa McMillan, Jaxen Turner and jerry robert.
Powering Friends Of Wilbur & Wilma is Blueprint Sports, which is led by co-founder and partner Francis Aguilar, who is a past president of the Arizona Student Body of Tucson. The Blueprint Sports platform facilitates monthly community engagements for Arizona football team members.
“Since we launched Friends of Wilbur & Wilmain 60 days we have raised $1.2 million for Arizona football so far,” said Joey Medinaa graduate from Tucsonan and Arizona who is the organization’s chief executive.
Medina also mentioned that as part of the group‘s activities, Arizona athletes have interacted with organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Arizona, Big Brothers and Sisters, and Habitat for Humanities.
The Gronkowskis have signed three Arizona athletes with NLI deals to promote their Ice Shaker – soccer players Ma’Jon Wright and young christian and softball player Janelle Meono.
Medina mentioned that fans can order Ice Shakers that honor each of these athetes at Ice Shaker website.
“We ordered their shakers and three additional shakers that are dear to Coach Fisch’s heart,” Medina said. “One of them is ‘Desert Rising’, which represents the whole team. The other is ‘Twenty-Tucson’, which represents the No. 1 recruiting class (in the Pac-12) that we just do and “The Juice is Worth the Squeeze” which is representative of the three players who play for us from (Anaheim, Calif.) Servite High School (Noah Fifita, Keyan Burnet and Tetairoa McMillan).”