NCAA regulations shut down athlete's coronavirus fundraiser

  • Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend Marissa Mowry started a GoFundMe for coronavirus victims.
  • Citing NCAA regulations, Clemson compliance officials told Lawrence to close down the fundraiser.
  • But then the NCAA stepped in, announcing it would lift the restrictions that suspended the fundraiser.

Clemson University quarterback Trevor Lawrence started a GoFundMe online fundraiser with his girlfriend Marissa Mowry to help victims of the coronavirus. But, within a day of launching the fundraiser and raising more than $2,500, school compliance officials forced Lawrence and Mowry to close down the fundraiser because of NCAA regulations that restrict a student athlete’s ability to use their image and likeness. 

In a post on Instagram, Mowry, who is a soccer player at Anderson University, said that Lawrence could no longer participate, and that the GoFundMe page would have to be taken down. She added that they also could not send the money to individual families as initially intended, but that they could donate the money to nonprofit organizations. 

“Unfortunately though, Trevor cannot be a part of [the fundraiser] anymore due to compliance"   

“Unfortunately though, Trevor cannot be a part of [the fundraiser] anymore due to compliance,” Mowry said.

“We’re really sorry if you thought your money was going to go to a direct family because it no longer can,” she explained. “It can only be donated to the nonprofit organizations.” 


 


However, just a day after the fundraiser was shut down, the NCAA stepped in and announced it would ease these restrictions to allow student-athletes to support their communities during the coronavirus. 

The organization also claimed it did not ask Lawrence to take down the GoFundMe page. 

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“The NCAA did not ask Trevor Lawrence to take down his fundraiser for COVID-19 patients and their families,” the statement read. “We continue to work with member schools so they have the flexibility to ensure that student-athletes and communities impacted by this illness are supported, and we applaud Trevor for his efforts.” 


  




Clemson University also issued a statement on the matter and thanked the NCAA for “waiving” its regulations. 

“In light of current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the NCAA reached out to Clemson Athletics this evening informing us that they are waiving restrictions that had been in place and are now allowing institutions to utilize discretion with respect to fundraising efforts,” the statement read. “We applaud and appreciate their swift action in permitting this activity to help people in a time of need.” 



  



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After the reversal, Lawrence thanked the NCAA. 

“I just wanted to thank the NCAA, really,” Lawrence said. “Everyone’s made them out to be the bad guy, but it was more so the rules that were already in place. They’ve done a really good job of responding and actually allowing us to do it.”

Campus Reform reached out to Lawrence and Mowry but received no response in time for publication. 

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Eduardo Neret is a digital reporter for Campus Reform. Prior to taking on his current position, Eduardo served as the Senior Florida Correspondent for Campus Reform and founded a conservative web publication where he hosted a series of interviews with notable conservative commentators and public figures. Eduardo’s work has appeared on the Fox News Channel, FoxNews.com, The Washington Examiner, Daily Caller, The Drudge Report, The Blaze, and The Daily Wire. He most recently served as a contributor to the Red Alert Politics section of The Washington Examiner. In addition to his independent journalism, Neret also previously worked at the Department of Justice and the Fox News Channel. He has appeared on numerous radio programs and NewsMaxTV to discuss his work and comment on relevant political issues.

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