NCAA relents; allows student athlete to keep donations after being disowned

Every now and then, the NCAA shows a little common sense in its insistence that college student-athletes not be tainted by money.

Emily Scheck, is a cross-country runner at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She’s also gay.

That’s why her family disowned her, according to OutSports.

Her mother had found a picture of Scheck and the girl she was dating, and she was horrified by it. Her mother told her that she was disgusting, and that she had to make a choice: come home and get therapy for her same-sex attraction, or be cut out of their lives forever. Scheck let her mother rant, not knowing what to do.

“I really didn’t know how someone should respond to that,” Scheck told Outsports. Yet she knew she didn’t want to have anything to do with some kind of conversion therapy, and she wanted to stay at Canisius preparing with her cross-country team for the season ahead.

Not long after that she came home to a shocker: her car’s license plates had been removed, and her car was full of her childhood belongings from home — awards, plaques, stuffed animals. She had bought her own car, but because her parents were paying for the insurance they had rescinded the payments, her father had driven to Buffalo from their home near Rochester, N.Y., and taken the license plates. He had also removed all of her belongings from their home and stuffed them in her car.

With that came a message that she was never to speak to them or her siblings again.

There aren’t a lot of college kids who can survive for long without support from back home. Emily had $20 to her name.

So her roommate created a GoFundMe page to raise money.

It raised almost $26,000 after a $5,000 initial goal.

That’s when the NCAA stepped in to be the NCAA. Athletes can’t accept money.

After apparent pressure, however, it was announced on Friday that the NCAA will now allow her to keep the money for books and meals, showing a heart that’s missing from the student athletes own family.

  • wjc

    Jesus wept..

    • AmiSchwab

      he’d be crying his eyes out

  • Such loving and understanding parents she has.

    I’m going out on a limb and thinking that her parents are devout “Christians”

    • jon

      There are entire forums on reddit about devout “christian” parents disowning their children… because they are atheists, because they aren’t heterosexual, because they date some one with the wrong skin color, or because they children themselves just aren’t devout christian enough.

      One has to wonder how terrible of human beings these people would be if they didn’t subscribe to a religion that promised eternal torment as punishment for their unrepented sins.

      • NG

        There’s always the possibility that without the entrenched dogma of who to call evil, they may not be bad people.

        • jon

          There is ample room in the teachings of christ to not treat any one I listed as evil… Truly the only people Christ wouldn’t have any of was the money changers in the temple… everyone else he would speak with.

          They choose the dogma of the old testament, and the dogma of paul (who got his dogma from the old testament), the dogma did not choose them.

          • NG

            A reasonable point. Hm… A bit of irony that I would use this quote referring to religious people. “Some fall from grace, some are pushed.” The hypothetical assumes that the negative aspects of the teachings were emphasized. And, yes, regardless of the justification, the motivation to exclude “different” may still exist. Separating the two is difficult, meaning “Not really testable”.

          • jon

            There is no need to be hypothetical…
            It’s pretty easy to look at the writings from the “early church” and see the teachings Paul is pushing vs those of christ in the gospels… (take it all with a grain of salt since most of it wasn’t written down at the time it happened.)

            But instead of asking what the early church could learn from modern christians, modern christians keep going and trying to learn from the early church…

            Rest of the world has moved on, today we persecute christians by making them bake cakes for gays, we don’t still feed them to lions. (though I’m open hearing arguments about changing that.)

            Anyhow, plenty of people have moved on from the dogma that was forced on them as a child… failure to do that is accepting that dogma, choosing it…
            you can’t have dogma forced upon you, at some point you have to either accept or reject it…
            the fact that some one can be disowned for refusing to go to conversion therapy proves you can choose your own beliefs, even when others don’t want you to have them.

          • NG

            Predicting the difference in someone else’s behavior, had their childhood and surrounding culture been different is always an exercise in the hypothetical.

    • RBHolb

      Devout, and standing up for “family values.”

  • dukepowell

    No matter what anyone has to say about this situation……

    The NCAA has NO reason to be involved… in anyway, shape, or form.

    • BJ

      Of course the NCAA has a reason to be involved. It is a regulatory body for athletes of 1,281 North American institutions and conferences.

      Now the question is are it’s regulations good, I say no.

      • Dave Draeger

        The NCAA does have a reason to oversee this kind of thing, otherwise you’d see crowdfunding to “help” that star point guard get the Porsche he “needs” to “get around campus.”

        That said, if it took them more than two seconds to approve Ms. Scheck’s case…

        • BJ


  • chlost

    Just made my donation. The total is up to $62,000 now.
    Love wins.

    • grammargoddess

      I donated because love trumps hate. It’s over $72,000 now.

      • chlost

        It appears that the campaign has ended this morning after reaching over $100,000.