Our mission is to change the future of athletes from all around the world through knowledge and technology. We believe this mission is important because becoming a professional athlete is one of the most elite professions in the world. Professional athletes overcome incredible odds to do what they do.
The NCAA reports that 10.5% of baseball players will go from college to pro, followed by 4.1% of collegiate ice hockey players, and 2% of collegiate football players. At 1.9%, men’s soccer and women’s basketball at 1% make up the population of players who are least likely to play at a professional level after college. Source: 14 Surprising Facts About Being a College Athlete
However, being elite doesn’t equate to financial success or even stability.
During the last [Olympic] games, a whopping 150 athletes used GoFundMe or other crowdfunding platforms to fund their expenses associated with the games. Source: Observer, US Fencer’s GoFundMe Highlights Pay Disparity Amongst Olympic Athletes
There is tremendous disparity when it comes to athletes’ incomes across gender and the type of sport..
In 2018, the top 100 highest-paid athletes earned $3.8 billion, a 23% jump over the previous year. However, there were zero female athletes on this list. In previous years, there has been at least one, and as many as three.
Source: The World’s 100 Highest-Paid Athletes 2018: Behind The Numbers
In team sports, the picture for women is bleak
The top WNBA salary was $117,500 last season, compared to an average salary of $37.4 million in the NBA. The team salary cap for the National Pro Fastpitch softball league is $175,000; the Boston Red Sox will split $227 million amongst their entire roster in 2019. Source: Why Female Athletes Earn Less Than Men Across Most Sports
One of the drivers of the current gender pay gap in sports is the disparity in sports sponsorship, and we think this is a huge opportunity.
Commercial investment and media coverage of women’s sport remains shockingly low, particularly in comparison to the deals done in men’s sport. Women’s sports sponsorships accounted for only 0.4% of total sports sponsorships between 2011 and 2013. Media coverage of women’s sports shows a similar level of disparity – women’s sports accounts for only 7% of total sports coverage. Source: Women in Sport: Sponsorship and Media
The opportunity to focus on a future beyond javelin with the aid of such professionals has been so fulfilling, and it has only just begun! This mentorship process has been challenging and exciting so far, which is exactly what I wanted for my life after track and field. It’s incredibly reassuring to have guidance in finding a new career.Kara Winger, Javelin Thrower, 8-time USATF National Champion, 3-time Olympian
EOS provided me with the flexibility, structure, and expertise needed to help me focus on training and competing, while also keeping me abreast of future career opportunities.Ben Blankenship, 1500m Runner, USATF National Champion, Olympian
EOS is not just a vendor, but a strategic partner. Together, EOS and RISE have been able to enhance our programs and products. Their passion and expertise in this sector are rare and critical to our success.Diahann Billings-Burford, CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality
The EOS executive education has given me the opportunity to learn more about business and corporate America in a way that is natural for my competitive personality as an athlete. Their “out of the box” methodology, combined with their structure, has been an ideal experience for me at this stage in my career.Jeff Porter, 110m High Hurdler, USATF Board Member, 2-time Olympian
Just as athletes rely on their coaches to prepare them for peak performance, EOS steps in to ensure that their athletes receive the guidance and career support necessary to continue to excel when it’s time to step off of the field.Shannon Rowbury, Middle-Distance Runner, 2-time USATF National Champion, 3-time Olympian
EOS provides an invaluable service for our professional athletes. I firmly believe that their products will result in a smoother transition into meaningful careers for our athletes once they finish competing.Max Siegel, CEO of USA Track and Field