HONEST GAME IN THE NEWS

Jon Scheyer

Former Illinois Basketball Phenom Jon Scheyer Supports Hometown Startup Honest Game / Daily Herald

CHICAGO, October 15, 2020
Former Glenbrook North High School All Star and Duke University All-American Jon Scheyer brings his deep knowledge and experience of the athletics space back to support his hometown of Chicago as an advisor to Honest Game.

Honest Game, founded in 2019 by Kim Michelson and Joyce Anderson, is a Chicago startup in the sports technology space. Honest Game’s technology helps high school athletes navigate the college academic eligibility process. The startup works with public and private high schools, coaches and counselors, club sports teams and individual athletes to ensure students complete the academic requirements required to play sports in college.

As a public benefit corporation, Honest Game tracks a student’s academic progress in real time so they can meet National Collegiate Athletic Association requirements and access available college athletic scholarships. The startup provides academic eligibility status for each player, and can identify when a student needs summer school or credit recovery courses to become college eligible.
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Honest Game wins Chicago Bulls Venture Pitch Competition

In late 2019, the Chicago Bulls, in partnership with LOUD Capital, announced a venture competition for Chicago-based entrepreneurs to compete for a $50,000 investment from LOUD. From the nearly 200 companies that applied, 25 were selected as semifinalists to pitch at 1871, voted by UBI Global as the #1 private incubator in the world, in February 2020. Five winners were chosen to present on center court at the United Center in front of a celebrity panel, including former Chicago Bull Horace Grant. The winner, Honest Game, was selected on the court at the United Center on March 10, 2020, during a Bulls game and was awarded their investment prize.

Chicago Inno

CHICAGO, August 4, 2020 / Chicago sports startup is helping high school athletes become college athletes
For high school athletes with dreams of playing their favorite sport in college, keeping tabs on how to academically qualify for collegiate athletics can be an onerous task. But a Chicago sports startup is working with schools to help student athletes reach their full potential.
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Medium

CHICAGO, July 8, 2020 / Women Entrepreneurs & Socially Responsible Startups
VAULT Unlocked featuring Honest Game. Women in Innovation, Sports & Social Entrepreneurship.
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Medium

CHICAGO, May 24, 2020 / Joyce Anderson of Honest Game: “When humanity struggles, we develop grit and compassion for others”
Two words: grit and compassion. When humanity struggles, we develop grit and compassion for others. I’m confident we will come out stronger from COVID-19. We may have to take three steps back but eventually; we will take one giant step towards progress.
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Hoop Heads Podcast

CHICAGO, May 15, 2020 / National Pre-Season Showcase with Justin Brantley of The Brantley Method & Kim Michelson from Honest GameEpisode 305

Justin Brantley from The Brantley Method and Kim Michelson from Honest Game jump on the Hoop Heads Pod today to let everyone know about their National Pre-Season Showcase Series which will be held this fall in seven different locations.
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Times of E

CHICAGO, April 29, 2020 / Honest Game Launched Into The Teeth Of The Pandemic. Here’s How It Grew.
We met up at a bustling coffee shop in January 2019. I had met Joyce Anderson years before. She was an expert advising high school student-athletes on college recruiting and academic eligibility, and I was the executive director of a non-profit providing academic tutoring, mentorship and athletic training for under-resourced student-athletes. I came prepared to read my manifesto about bringing equal access to student-athletes everywhere using technology.
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Fem Founder

CHICAGO, April 17, 2020 / Building a Business with the Founders of Honest Game
Honest Game helps high school student-athletes meet and keep track of their academic requirements to meet and maintain eligibility for NCAA athletics. Honest Game looks to level the playing field for promising student-athletes from underresourced backgrounds who might not have access to college counselors or school athletic directors to advise on core curriculum course selection or on post-secondary admissions exams.
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Medium

CHICAGO, April 16, 2020 / The FUTRSPRT Interview Series: Honest Game Co-Founders Joyce Anderson & Kim Michelson
FUTRSPRT Interview Series presents conversations with some of the sharpest minds in sports tech. Leaving no angle of competition or fan experience unscathed FUTRSPRT showcases those creating the future of sports right before our­ eyes.
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Chicago Inno

CHICAGO, March 11, 2020
A Chicago startup that helps high school athletes with college eligibility requirements landed a $50,000 investment at the first-ever Chicago Bulls Venture Competition. Last night Honest Game, a company that creates a tool to help high school athletes navigate the college eligibility process, took home a $50,000 equity investment from LOUD Capital, a Columbus-based VC firm that partnered with the Bulls on the competition. Honest Game was named the winner during halftime of the Bulls’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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AP

CHICAGO, March 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/
LOUD Capital, an early-stage alternative investment venture capital firm, in partnership with the Chicago Bulls, is excited to announce the winner of the first-ever Chicago Bulls Venture Competition, powered By LOUD Capital (CBVC), a competition to serve as a proving ground for promising startups and entrepreneurs in the Chicagoland area. Honest Game, a tool that collates data from college athletic clearinghouses to help student-athletes keep track of their eligibility, was announced as the winner last night at Chicago’s United Center during the Bulls’ home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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1871

CHICAGO, September 16, 2019 / 1871 Announces 10 Companies Joining 10th WiSTEM Cohort
1871 announced today the 10 companies that will make up the 10th cohort of WiSTEM, an accelerator program that connects women entrepreneurs to capital, community, and technology resources.
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built in chicago

CHICAGO, January 21, 2019 Built In Chicago’s 50 Startups to Watch in 2020
Technology is Chicago’s fastest-growing industry sector, having grown more 270 percent over the last decade, according to World Business Chicago. And 2019 was a model year that not only encapsulated the growth of technology in the city but also positioned Chicago for further success in 2020 and beyond.
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Glencoe Compass

GLENCOE, March, 2020
A unique journey led Kim Michelson to found Honest Game, a public benefit corporation dedicated to helping student-athletes navigate NCAA eligibility. “800,000 athletes fall through the cracks each year because they are not eligible,” Kim stated. “I realized these kids would not have a way to go to college, and I knew we had to fix this.”
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