NCAA Student Athletes and NIL Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled “NCAA Student Athletes and NIL Rights” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. The hearing will highlight the experiences of college athletes as Congress considers proposals to enable the athletes to monetize their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”); improve athlete health care; and enhance scholarship protections and transfer rights; among other matters.


  • Mr. Martin McNair, Father of Jordan McNair, Founder of The Jordan McNair Foundation
  • Ms. Christina Chenault, Former Division I Athlete, University of California Los Angeles (“UCLA”)
  • Ms. Kaira Brown, Student and Division I Athlete, Vanderbilt University
  • Ms. Sari Cureton, Former Division I Athlete, Georgetown University

Hearing Details:

Thursday, June 17, 2021

10:00 A.M. EDT

Full Committee


This hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Opening statements and a live video of the hearing will be available on

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Majority Statement

  • Chair Maria Cantwell


  • Ms. Christina Chenault

    Former Division I Athlete
    University of California Los Angeles (“UCLA”)
  • Ms. Kaira Brown

    Student and Division I Athlete
    Vanderbilt University
  • Mr. Martin McNair

    The Jordan McNair Foundation
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  • Ms. Sari Cureton

    Former Division I Athlete
    Georgetown University
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