Shutes and Ivory were among the six athletes who came to St. Paul. Before the basketball game, they spoke about the importance of education. Tigers basketball forward Chandler Lawson recalled coach Penny Hardaway coming to an event when he was in elementary school, and it encouraged him to stay focused on his goals.
Shutes, who wants to work with children after her Tigers career, said The 901 Fund has been a more satisfying use of NIL because it appeals to causes she cares about.
“I like it because it’s something different,” she said. “I’m not just trying to get other people to buy somebody else’s brand. It’s fun being able to give back.”
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