Ocean State University (OSU) recently renovated its equipment room. While doing so, they pulled out all pieces of equipment that could no longer be used. As a way to give back to the community, OSU would like to donate these items to a recreation center that runs programs for underprivileged kids ages 5-18.
Is this permissible?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11.1 states that a member institution may not provide athletics equipment to a high school. However, a member institution is permitted to provide athletics equipment to bona fide youth organizations (e.g., the YMCA, YWCA, Boy Scout troops, Girl Scout troops, a summer recreation league) that may consist of some prospective student-athletes, provided the issuance of equipment is in accordance with the institution’s regular policy regarding the discarding of equipment. [D] (Revised: 4/26/01, 4/26/12 effective 8/1/12)
Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association
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