Fundraising update as of 9/7/22. A total of 30 donors have contributed a total of $2225. Thank you! For a list of donors see below.
For RamNation, our mission for our first NIL partnerships is simple. We will a target student athlete who is a journalism/communications majors so that we can assist them in getting real-world media experience, while earning deserved compensation. We will seek a quality human being that is a great representative of the university and who will be fun for our fans to engage with.
We will ask our student athlete partners to provide the following for us:
- Game recaps and other written content on RamNation.com
- RamNation Radio Podcast appearances
- Interaction with Ram fans in the form of Q&As on RamNation.com
- And more
Please welcome our first RamNation NIL partner
Our very first partner is Christian “C.J.” Onyechi, a fifth-year senior transfer, who is a starting defensive end for the Rams. C.J. is a tremendous human being, who is a treat to talk to and will be a favorite of Ram fans. He is also studying Communication & Technology (in the in the Journalism and Media Communications department), which makes him a perfect fit for our partnership.
C.J. grew up in New Jersey, attending West Orange High School, before spending five seasons at Rutgers (2017-21) where he tallied 87 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 5.0 sacks for his career … Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2021. He has played in 43 total games over his career with 15 starts and is expected to give the Rams’ defensive line a big boost this fall. Follow him on Twitter at @0nyechi, TikTok at @cjonyechi, and Instagram.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I donate?
Right now, the best way to donate is via our Venmo business account at: @bdg-ramnation. This is connected to a business bank account (parent company: The Black Diamond Group). We will keep records of all donations that come in and payments out to our student athletes. If you do not use Venmo, but would like to get involved another way, email us at [email protected] and we’ll work out an alternative.
How much should I donate?
The only thing we suggest is that you commit to donate least $5/mo for the football season (four months: September-December), which would ensure we have funds to compensate a football student athlete and start funding a men’s basketball student athlete. We’d love to have enough donors to continue support through the basketball and spring-sports season. Should the fundraising exceed expectations, we will investigate bringing student athletes from other sports into the mix.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Right now, no. We are not a 501(c)(3) organization and do not have tax-exempt status. Donations are helping pay a student athlete (contractor) for a tangible service that the student athlete provides, in the form of written content, podcast content, and other interactions with our fan base. There is a fan-driven collective coming soon that has 501(c)(3) designation, and if it is important for your donation to be tax deductible, we suggest you give to that effort. RamNation will also be partnering with that effort, which seeks to raise significant funds. We’ll share information when it’s ready to be public.
What will the student athlete receive from this partnership?
We are committing to at least $500/month for our first partnership. We may increase this depending on donations, but we also want to ensure we grow money in the account for other partnerships during the school year. Should we raise enough money to fund two student athletes (one football, one men’s basketball) from now through March and have plenty left over, we may look to increase the payouts to our student athlete partners, as well as seek other prospects.
Will RamNation engage with other student athletes?
Our goal beyond football season is to also partner with a men’s basketball player for the 2022-23 season. We’d love to partner with student athletes from other sports as well, but it will come down to how much we can fundraise. Our goal is to work with multiple student athletes for the year.
David Brown, Heather/Nate Caldwell, Joel Cantalamessa, Rich Carroll, Jordan Combs, Geoff Cowles, Heath Cronquist, Kyle Fanning, David Fennell, Josh Fredlund, Ryan Gilbert, Steve Heyn, Tom Johnson, John Konegni, Ed/Joni Maycumber, Ryan McElroy, Ryan McGrath, Dan Miller, Darin Miller, Ben Morgan, Duane Pool, Matthew Pucak, Jeff Riley, Nathan Robertson, Michael Rowe, Michael Sanderson, Tyler Shannon, Philip Stanford, Zachary Wagner, David Wood.