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Despite Serious “Discredit” Olivia Dunne Adds to NIL Advantage With Another Success-Story

Published 11/19/2023, 11:39 AM EST

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Olivia Dunne, the LSU standout, has been on a roll this year. From ESPY red carpets to glossy pages of magazines to making waves in the NIL world, the gymnast, Livvy has had major success. Despite her remarkable journey, months ago, during an interview for Sports Illustrated’s “Money” issue, she said, “People definitely discredit what I do”.

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She stated that people needed to understand that she has worked for everything she has earned over time and that she has “spent years building an audience, and brands pay me for what they believe is worth the reach of the demographic that I offer.” Undeterred by the skepticism, Livvy, now recognized as the highest-paid NCAA female athlete, has added another success story to her hat.

Olivia Dunne adds another NIL success story to her achievements


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Kiya Johnson, an LSU gymnast and teammate of Livvy, recently shared an exciting update with her fans on Instagram. In a two-picture carousel post, Johnson was captured beaming happily, dressed in a white shirt and black tights, holding a can of Accelerator Orange Mango.  She wrote in the caption of her two-picture carousel post, “@drinkaccelerator is giving me all the extra energy I need to get through this semester! #LivvyFund #teamaccelerator”.  


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What notably stood out in her caption was the hashtag “Livvy Fund.” This tag is significant as Kiya Johnson, along with eight different LSU gymnasts, recently became the brand ambassadors of Accelerator Active Energy, thanks to Olivia Dunne and her “LivvyFund”. 


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How Dunne’s “LivvyFund” is changing the lives of many NCAA athletes

In October, Olivia Dunne, a notable ambassador for Accelerator Active Energy since July, shared an exciting update. The massive brand, boasting athletes like Travis Kelce, Aaron Judge, Jalen Hurts, and others, partnered with Dunne’s “Livvy Fund”  to make NIL deals with student-athletes.


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Livvy, who has partnered with massive brands due to her colossal following on social media, shared, “So I just wanted to help other women and give them opportunities to learn and have more NIL deals because they deserve it just as much as I do.” Eight of Dunne’s peers, including Kiya Johnson, Chase Brock, Konnor McClain, Sierra Ballard, Ashley Cowan, Jillian Hoffman, KJ Johnson, and Haleigh Bryant, are the selected members of LSU gymnastics to receive the huge deal.

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Dunne has time and time again proved that her demographic goes beyond just gymnastics and posting content to social media. Over time and with immense hard work, she has proved the skeptics wrong who have tried to discredit her immense success.


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Written by:

Christaline Meyers


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Hello there! I'm Christaline Meyers, a Olympics Sports Writer for Essentially Sports. As an ardent lover of the sporting world, I've found my home in the dazzling world of Gymnastics, where elegance meets athleticism in gravity-defying routines. But my passion doesn't stop there; I'm a sports enthusiast with a taste for the wild waves of surfing, the adrenaline rush of Alpine Skiing, and the street-smart moves of skateboarding.
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