Success With Honor, a nonprofit organization, was created to help more than 850 Penn State University student-athletes navigate and maximize their name, image, and likeness.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., March 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Succeed with honora non-profit organization, was created to help more than 850 student-athletes Penn State University navigate and maximize their name, image and likeness. Success With Honor aims to set the NIL National Standard of Excellence: “NIL The Penn State Way”.

Through success with honor, Penn State student-athletes can access the tools and resources to maximize educational and NIL opportunities while maintaining a full commitment to excellence in their academic and athletic careers. Contrary to public perception, the vast majority of Penn State student-athletes receive partial or no scholarship when competing for the Nittany Lions. Recognizing this reality, the goal of Success With Honor is to create opportunities for student-athletes in all 31 sports.

Situated at State UniversitySuccess With Honor will operate under the rules established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Programs will include: college internships, influencer marketing, brand partnerships, camps and clinics, as well as solid financial and legal literacy training. Success With Honor has been named the preferred provider of these services by Penn State University.

The organization was formed by five Penn State former students who make up the Board of Directors, including: Chairmen of the Board, Ira LubertCo-founder and partner of Independence Capital Partners, a family of eight private equity and real estate funds, including Lubert Adler real estate partners. Ira was a Division 1 wrestler at Penn State from 1968 to 1973; Anthony MisitanoFounder and CEO of PAM Health; Bob PoolPresident and CEO of S&A Homes, Inc.; Rick Sokolov, Director and Vice Chairman of Simon Property Group, Inc.; and interim CEO, Marc Toniattiretired director of Towers, Perrin, Forster and Crosby, an international management consulting firm. Besides, Robert Tribeck Esq., Chief Legal Officer of PAM Health, will serve as General Counsel. Unlike other NILs, no board member will earn income from Success With Honor. All monies in excess of expenses will be paid to student-athletes to maximize their opportunities.

Additionally, a volunteer advisory board will help guide both the collective and the student-athletes. The advisory board is made up of Penn Staters:

  • Ament Grant – Professional PLL Lacrosse Player (Lacrosse)
  • Kelsey Amy – Senior Designer Jordan Brand at Nike (Field Hockey)
  • Lavar Arrington – FOX sports radio (soccer)
  • Chris Bevilacqua – Head of Bevilacqua Helfant Ventures (Wrestling)
  • Todd Blackledge – ESPN Analyst (Football)
  • Calvin Booth – Denver Nuggets general manager (men’s basketball)
  • Ben Bouma – Network Sports Producer (Men’s Ice Hockey)
  • Megan Hodge – Professional volleyball player (women’s volleyball)
  • Michael Robinson – NFL Network Analyst (Football)
  • Lisa Salers – ESPN reporter (women’s basketball)
  • Susan Schandel – Chief Financial Officer of NASCAR
  • Shea Linsey – Freelance Network Media Operations (women’s lacrosse)
  • David Taylor – Olympic Gold Medal Winner (Wrestling)

Other outstandings Penn State former athletes are expected to join the advisory board in the future.

The organization will soon announce other strategic partnerships providing premier opportunities for the Nittany Lion student-athletes it is dedicated to serving. The first of these is our association with Student Athlete Empowerment (SAE). Under the direction of the CEO Jason BelzerSAE will manage the day-to-day operations of Success With Honor, including managing and fulfilling all incoming NIL activation requests from brands and individuals interested in partnering with Penn State student-athletes.

More information can be found at

Press inquiries:
Jason Belzer
Chief Executive Officer
NIL student-athlete
[email protected]

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Virginia S. Braud