Texas guard Andrew Jones will donate a portion of his NIL earnings this season to cancer research through a partnership with the V Foundation.
Jones made the announcement on Friday and ESPN reported the story. ESPN has a long-standing partnership with the V Foundation, which is named for former NC State head coach and ESPN commentator Jim Valvano. Jones will donate 10 percent of his Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) earnings to the V Foundation.
Jones, now in his sixth season with Texas, missed most of the 2017-18 season and nearly all of the 2018-19 season when he was diagnosed with leukemia. Jones paused his basketball career to fight the disease and didn’t return to full-time basketball until the 2019-20 season.
He is now Texas’ third-leading scorer, averaging 10.1 points per game. The Longhorns are preparing to host Tennessee in the Big 12-SEC Challenge on Saturday.
“The money donated to the V Foundation played a major part not only in my ability to receive proper treatment but maintain confidence in both my recovery and eventual return to basketball,” Jones said in a statement. “To be able to share my story on how this foundation has impacted my life while paying that forward to future families impacted by cancer is an honor.”
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