Cartersville High graduates Trevor Lawrence and Marissa Mowry received the go-ahead from the NCAA Tuesday to continue their fundraising efforts for their gofundme.com page — “Covid-19 Family Relief and Support.”
Clemson star quarterback Lawrence and Mowry — soccer player for Anderson University and a former Canes standout — halted their fundraising efforts when they were informed by the Clemson NCAA compliance department that the fundraiser could be a violation.
The NCAA said Tuesday the couple could resume their efforts by the NCAA.
“Shoutout to the NCAA. Thank y’all so much for granting a waiver. They’re allowing us to continue to raise money for what we were doing originally. So we’re gonna take some time and kind of think about how we’re going to restart it back up,” Lawrence said on Instagram Tuesday night. “We’re going to take the night and maybe some of tomorrow or whatever to figure out exactly how we want to do it to be as efficient and to help as many people as possible.”
Lawrence's and Mowry's efforts went viral online with much of the public critical of NCAA rules that would prevent the fundraiser. Mowry announced earlier Tuesday online that she and Lawrence were discontinuing the fundraiser due to NCAA rules.
The NCAA rule had left Lawrence — one of the leading Heisman Trophy candidates heading into next season — and Mowry apologizing for trying to do what they thought was right before the NCAA stepped in.
The couple had raised $2,670 before Clemson officials informed Lawrence the page violated NCAA rules. Before the NCAA contacted Clemson, Mowry had posted a video on Instagram Tuesday explaining the situation, thanking those who donated and apologizing for any confusion.
The NCAA said in a statement it did not ask Clemson to take down the gofundme.com page. The NCAA said it will continue working with its member schools to ensure athletes and those affected by the virus are supported.
“We applaud Trevor for his efforts,” the NCAA statement said.
Clemson spokesman Ross Taylor said school compliance officials correctly applied NCAA guidelines against athletes using their names, images and likenesses for crowdfunding — but that was before the NCAA contacted the school.
“We applaud and appreciate their swift action in permitting this activity,” Clemson’s athletic department said in a statement.
“Our intentions were to try and help everyone,” Mowry said. “That’s changed a little bit, but we’re still going to do our best to love on on y’all and support one another during this hard time.”