The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has announced plans for several student-athlete experience initiatives that will provide support and resources to help Valpo student-athletes flourish.
The department has continued its commitment to offering an extraordinary student-athlete experience with these initiatives. Plans will be executed beginning this summer and next fall in the areas of mental health, graduation incentives and name, image and likeness (NIL).
In conjunction with INFLCR, Valpo Athletics has also announced the launch of the Valpo Exchange, a new platform that will allow businesses and student-athletes to connect regarding NIL opportunities.
“We are thrilled to grow our partnership with INFLCR through the addition of the local exchange,” Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Small said. “This platform will help our student-athletes maximize their NIL opportunities. This will provide a central marketplace for student-athletes to build relationships by engaging directly with local businesses. The addition of the local exchange will make a positive impact on our student-athlete experience while also serving as a valuable resource for businesses and community members.”
The Valpo Exchange is a free service to Valpo student-athletes and the commercial enterprises who use it. The tool will help Valpo Athletics manage NIL reporting while providing approved businesses, collectives and individuals with a customized portal for communicating with student-athletes engaging in NIL transactions.
Those businesses, individuals or collectives interested in being part of the Valpo Exchange can register by clicking this link. Once approved, they will be able to access a searchable database of Valpo student-athletes. Valparaiso University and INFLCR will not be involved in NIL negotiations. Brand-focused activities with student-athletes must be permissible under Indiana law and follow the Valparaiso University NIL institutional policy.
Valpo Athletics has also announced a virtual question-and-answer session to discuss the Valpo Exchange that will take place on Monday, March 27 from 11 a.m. to noon Central Time via zoom. Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Small will provide additional details on the Valpo Exchange and answer questions from businesses, collectives and individuals who are interested in participating. The INFLCR team will also be part of the session and will educate businesses and individuals on INFLCR and the local exchange platform. To register for the virtual Q&A and receive the zoom link, please email Brandon Vickrey at Brandon.Vickrey@valpo.edu.
About INFLCR Local Exchange
INFLCR, available on Teamworks’ Operating System for Sports™, is the leading athlete brand-building and NIL business management app for over 270 elite collegiate and professional sports organizations. The INFLCR athlete app educates student-athletes, coaches, and staff for the NIL era in a safe and compliant environment, all powered by best-in-class content delivery for student-athletes to access and share content to their social media channels. The INFLCR platform also includes the impactful INFLCR Local Exchange, a school-customized NIL exchange where schools can direct businesses, collectives, and fans seeking to find, communicate with, pay, and report NIL transactions with student-athletes. The INFLCR Local Exchange maximizes the student-athlete wallet share while streamlining compliance and tax reporting responsibilities. To learn more about the INFLCR Local Exchange, please visit this link.