Keepers of the Culture NIL is a fan-driven and alumni-led Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) program for . When you commit to Keepers of the Culture NIL, you’re committing to maximizing opportunities for student-athletes to build their brand and earn compensation. Keepers of the Culture is a third-party organization, not affiliated with Loyola University Chicago.

What is Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL)?

“NIL” is the term associated with student-athletes’ ability to earn compensation off their brand, THEMSELVES. As of July 1, 2021, student-athletes across the country can now profit off their name, image, and likeness. Now, for example, a student-athlete may earn money for: 

  • Hosting their own basketball camp!
  • Partnering with and promoting a local restaurant or business! 
  • Having a photoshoot and autograph session! 

Want to make a charitable contribution?

Keepers of the Culture NIL has partnered with the BPS Foundation, a 501c3, to support Loyola University Chicago student-athletes and help support charitable causes in their community. Supporters will earn a tax-deductible benefit for their donations. Payment options include credit card, check, wire transfer or ACH.

You can also support through Donated Securities and Donor Advised Funds (DAF). EIN: 88-2260784.
Contact Logan Craghead for more information at (785) 530-9544 or

Christian Thomas

Christian Thomas (’15) serves as co-Alumni Advisor of Keepers of the Culture. In his role, Thomas is responsible for helping generate revenue and organize meaningful NIL opportunities for Loyola Chicago student-athletes. During his time as a Rambler, Thomas was a standout on the team, finishing in the top-20 in LU history in career points (20th), career rebounds (17th) and top-five in LU history in career field goal percentage (5th). Thomas continues to live in Chicago, where he works as a supply chain manager for SC Johnson, and enjoys spending his free time with friends and family, attending live sporting events and reading.

Christopher Knight

Christopher Knight (MBA ’22) serves as co-Alumni Advisor of Keepers of the Culture. He earned his MBA from the Loyola Chicago Quinlan School of Business while playing basketball as a graduate transfer. As a Rambler, Knight earned Missouri Valley Conference All-Newcomer and Second Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors. As an undergrad, Knight played at Dartmouth twice being named a First Team All-Ivy League member. Knight continues to stay in Chicago where he works as an investment banking analyst at Loop Capital. He is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with friends and exploring all Chicago has to offer.

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