Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes was campaigning for college athletes in Madison on Saturday. But any money he raised from it won’t go to him.
Instead, Hayes will donate proceeds sent to the Venmo account on his “Broke College Athlete Anything Helps” sign to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County, according to ESPN. Venmo is an app that allows users to send and receive money, then link it to their bank account.
Hayes told ESPN that the sign was strictly to generate conversation and that since he can’t accept money, he used a friend’s account.
Hayes made noise at Big Ten Media Day by discussing the issue of college athletes’ compensation.
The @bigten made nearly $450 million.
My scholarship is about $160,00.
If only there was enough money to pay us.. pic.twitter.com/EPV1d0I16X
— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) October 14, 2016
Hayes spurned the NBA last spring and returned to Wisconsin for his senior season after averaging 15.7 points and 5.8 boards per game in 2015-16. He was named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year before this year.