Fazoli’s Teams Up with UK’s Star Freshman Point Guard for First-Ever NIL Partnership

Tyrone "TyTy" Washington Jr.
Tyrone “TyTy” Washington Jr.

Iconic Italian brand signs first NCAA-sponsored athlete – TyTy Washington Jr. – and launches TyTy Trio, available through Dec. 19 at participating locations

Fazoli's Teams Up with UK's Star Freshman Point Guard for First-Ever NIL PartnershipFazoli’s – the Lexington-based brand known for serving premium Italian dishes at a great value – is showing support for the city it has proudly served for 33 years by teaming up with UK’s all-star freshman point guard!

The iconic Italian brand announced a new partnership with UK point guard Tyrone “TyTy” Washington Jr. to use his name, image and likeness in its first-ever NCAA sponsorship. The freshman from Phoenix is a consensus five-star recruit and one of the top point guards in the 2021 class.

“College basketball is more than just a sport in Kentucky – it’s a lifestyle,” said CEO Carl Howard. “Fazoli’s has a longstanding history in Lexington, so it’s a no-brainer that we unite with a talented Wildcat like TyTy for our first NIL partnership in our hometown. We’re thrilled to give the Big Blue Nation even more to cheer for this basketball season by featuring TyTy’s go-to Fazoli’s Favorite – classic, craveable Fettuccine Alfredo, an Arnold Palmer, and of course, our famous breadsticks.”

Through the partnership, Fazoli’s and Wildcat fans alike can enjoy the beginning of college basketball season with the TyTy Trio. Available at participating Lexington-area locations now through Dec. 19, the delectable new offering includes a regular Chicken Fettucine Alfredo, small half iced tea and half lemonade and two signature hot, fresh breadsticks for just $9.99.

To learn more about Fazoli’s, visit fazolis.com.

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Fazoli’s: Fast. Fresh. Italian.

Founded in 1988 in Lexington, Ky., Fazoli’s owns and operates nearly 220 restaurants in 27 states, making it the largest premium QSR Italian chain in America. Fazoli’s prides itself on serving premium quality Italian food, fast, fresh and friendly. Menu offerings include freshly prepared pasta entrees, Submarinos sandwiches, salads, pizza and desserts – along with its unlimited signature breadsticks. Fazoli’s is a winner of FastCasual and Steritech’s 2020 Excellence in Food Safety Award and was named one of the “Top 50 Global Fast Casual Innovators in 2021” by Foodable, a “Top 200 Franchises in 2021” by Franchise Business Review, a FastCasual “Brand of the Year,” and an Entrepreneur 2018 “Franchise 500.” CEO Carl Howard was named among the most influential restaurant CEOs in the country in 2020 by Nation’s Restaurant News, was recognized as one of the top 25 industry leaders on FastCasual’s 2020 Top 100 Movers and Shakers list, and he and his team were recipients of the 2021 American Business Awards Gold Stevie Awards in Food & Beverage for Company of the Year and Achievement in Management.