Feb. 2—CONCORD — The North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association has adopted a policy that will allow high school athletes to make money off their name, image and likeness starting next school year.

The policy, commonly known as NIL, will take effect in the 2024-25 school year and will be in line with over 30 high school athletic associations with similar policies. The NCISAA comprises private schools across the state, including Wesleyan Christian, High Point Christian and Westchester Country Day.

The North Carolina High School Association, which mainly comprises public schools across the state, adopted a similar policy last year but it was overruled by lawmakers and the NCHSAA currently does not have an NIL policy.

Rules specific to the NCISAA's policy, the association stated in a release, include: Students must keep their NIL activities and their participation in school sports separate; no collectives; schools cannot participate in NIL deals; limited permissible activities; and all NIL deals must be reported to and approved by the NCISAA.


HIGH POINT — Carolina Core FC has signed midfielder Jacob Evans to its inaugural roster. The club will begin play this spring at Truist Point.

Evans joins Carolina Core FC with two years of MLS NEXT Pro league experience having played with Houston Dynamo 2. In 2022, Jacob logged 22 match appearances (starting 19) and recorded 1,643 minutes played. Last season, he made 29 appearances with Houston Dynamo 2 (starting 28) and recorded four goals and four assists.

"Jacob is a talented midfielder with perpetual vision for the game," head coach Roy Lassiter said. "He has the ability to control the pace of a game and get players involved. I have observed him for the last two years and our technical staff were impressed with his ability and his potential contribution. We look forward to his continued growth and what he will bring to Carolina Core FC this coming year."