The Ocean State University (OSU) Men’s Basketball program would like to honor 2 local high school students that were severely injured in a car accident, leaving them paralyzed from the waist down. The coaches would like to provide them with autographed balls and framed jerseys with their names on the back.
Is it permissible for OSU to provide the gifts to these individuals since they are prospects?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Official Interpretation- 11/1/10- Application of NCAA Bylaw 13 to a Prospective Student-Athlete with no Reasonable Expectation of Participation in Intercollegiate Athletics (I)– states that the restrictions of Bylaw 13 do not apply to a prospective student-athlete who has no reasonable expectation of participating in intercollegiate athletics as a result of a disability or terminal illness, provided he or she is not a relative of a prospective student-athlete who is being recruited by the institution.
[References: Bylaws 13.02.11 (prospective student-athlete), 13.2.1 (general regulation), 13.2.2 (specific prohibitions) 13.10.5 (prospective student-athlete’s visit), 13.10.6 (introduction of prospective student-athlete) and 13.15.1 (precollege expenses — prohibited expenses); official interpretation (10/22/01, Item No. a) and staff interpretation (2/25/10, item a), which have been archived]
Jennifer M. Condaras
BIG EAST Conference
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