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NCAA commends hurricane relief efforts

National office stands ready to help members with outreach

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the NCAA encourages its schools and conferences to aid in relief efforts, as many already have done.

“We are happy to assist members with their outreach to families and communities in need,” said Dave Schnase, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs. “The devastation has impacted many, and times have been difficult, but we hope that our assistance can help in some small way.”

The NCAA commends the coaches associations and other organizations for considering innovative ways to help with relief work and stands ready to aid schools in their efforts, including the donations of goods and services and general fundraising activities, Schnase said.

Consistent with previous guidance provided to schools and conferences, the national office emphasizes flexibility as individual campuses and conferences try to ensure the health and safety of their student-athletes and contribute to relief efforts in meaningful ways. Due to the timing and logistical considerations related to ongoing and upcoming seasons, schools and conferences are encouraged to use good judgment in determining reasonable fundraising methods. NCAA staff stands ready to assist with interpretations and waiver requests and will provide flexibility when appropriate.