Ocean State University (OSU) conducts a promotional activity between the 4th and 5th innings of all its home baseball games. This activity includes hitting a ball from a pitching machine. If the person hits a home run, he/she wins $100. To participate in this activity, the person must fill out the designated card and drop it in the box. Any individual attending the game is permitted to enter and the participants are randomly selected. At today’s game, a current football student-athlete was selected to be one of the participants. If he hits a home run, is he permitted to accept the $100 prize?
Yes. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199.3 states that receipt of a prize for winning an institutional or noninstitutional promotional activity (e.g., making a half-court basketball shot, being involved in a money scramble) by a prospective or enrolled student-athlete (or a member of his or her family) does not affect his or her eligibility, provided the prize is won through a random drawing in which all members of the general public or the student body are eligible to participate. (Revised: 1/9/96 effective 8/1/96, 3/25/05, 6/12/07)