How athletes from smaller colleges are benefiting from new name, image and likeness rules

“Sydney Willig, a freshman on Geneva’s soccer team, is the rare college athlete competing with cystic fibrosis. She had long been open about her condition and the daunting realities it presented, believing at one point two years ago that her career was finished. After a series of posts this summer, she was contacted in August by Gunnar Esiason, who also has cystic fibrosis, about working with the Boomer Esiason Foundation, a nonprofit organization named after the former NFL quarterback (Gunnar’s father) that raises money and support for cystic fibrosis. Since then, Willig has been collaborating with the foundation to help share her story and those of others who excel while living with the effects of cystic fibrosis.” [Source: Craig Meyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]