Daily Compliance Item- 5.4.16- 16.1.4.4- Civic Awards to Student-Athletes

The local Kiwanis Club wants to recognize the Ocean State University Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams for their community service efforts this year. These Orcas put in over 1000 hours collectively this year visiting elementary schools and children’s hospitals. Is it permissible for the Kiwanis Club to provide the student-athletes with a small plaque? Yes with conditions. NCAA Bylaw 16.1.4.4 states that a local civic organization (e.g., Rotary Club, Touchdown Club) may provide awards to a member institution’s team(s), provided such awards are approved by the institution and are counted in the institution’s limit for institutional awards.

Jennifer M. Condaras
Associate Commissioner
BIG EAST Conference

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The BIG EAST Conference, JumpForward, or the Collegiate Sports Group of Bond, Schoeneck, and King. The Daily Compliance Item is not a substitute for a compliance office, case specific research, or the NCAA Bylaws. Do some homework, ask around, and get it right.

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