Although he has yet to play a snap for Michigan, five-star freshman quarterback J.J. McCarthy is already making an impact off the field.
With collegiate athletes now able to profit off their name, image, and likeness, McCarthy took to social media to pledge he will give back some of that income in the form of donations to worthy causes.
“I am excited about the opportunities NIL will afford for me and my fellow college athletes. “While it is a new era for college athletes, I came to Michigan to play football and earn a degree from one of the best universities in the world,” McCarthy said. “Anyone that knows me, and my family, knows how important it is to make an impact on future generations and to help make this world a better place for them. I now have an even bigger opportunity to do that.”
Part of McCarthy’s plan involves donating a cut of his profits to children’s hospitals in Ann Arbor and Chicago. “I will promise to donate a percentage of everything I earn through NIL to non-profit organizations such as C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor and Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago in my quest to impact the lives of future generations,” McCarthy said.
Beyond McCarthy’s plans to give back to the community, his post also highlights his commitment to Michigan Football and his teammates — including doing everything he can to win a Big Ten and National Championship.
McCarthy’s collegiate career may just getting underway, but he’ll soon become a fan favorite with a combination of philanthropy and on-field success.