March 19, 2012
According to NCAA rules and regulations, Siena College may not provide funding, directly or through paid advertisements, to benefit a high school athletics program.
Specifically, NCAA bylaws prohibit an athletic s department, in response to requests from high school or any other educational institution that prospective student-athletes may attend, to provide any items (e.g., autograph balls, jersey, tickets) to assist in raising money for its programs (athletics or others). Siena College may not donate institutional memorabilia to any organization for the purpose of being auctioned to raise funds to provide financial assistance to high school students to attend collegiate institutions.
Siena College Athletics, a Siena College coach or representative of athletics interest, may contribute to a non-athletics organization that includes prospective student-athletes and non-prospects (e.g., YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs), provided the assistance is not intended for a particular prospective student-athlete and is offered in conjunction with the organization's regular fund-raising activities.
A prospective student-athlete is by NCAA definition any student who begins classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally. In Men's Basketball a prospective student-athlete is defined as any individual who has begun classes in the seventh grade.
Please be aware that Siena College Athletics reserves the right to deny any donations, if such donation would result in an NCAA violation.
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