May I Take this Kid to the Game?
"Can I take this kid to the game?" is by far the most common compliance question of former students and members of the 12th Man Foundation. The prevalence of this question is a strong indicator of both the generosity of Aggies and of the importance of providing more Aggies with information on this popular subject.
An example of a typical scenario is as follows. Mr. Aggie phoned in and explained that his grandson's friend and fellow high school teammate, a prospective student-athlete and potential Texas A&M recruit, want to come to an A&M home game. Mr. Aggie indicated that he has provided his grandson's friends with tickets and travel to A&M home games for over 10 years. Mr. Aggie indicated that, once in College Station, he may bring his grandson and his friend to his family's tailgate as well.
The question: is this permissible according to NCAA rules? Yes, it would be permissible because:
- Mr. Aggie has a pre-existing relationship with his grandson's friends;
- Mr. Aggie's relationship with the prospective student-athlete does not originate in athletics; it originates in his grandson's friendship;
- Mr. Aggie did not arrange the proposed benefits; his grandson did;
- Mr. Aggie will be providing benefits that he has consistently provided to his grandson's friends, irrespective of athletic ability, for several years; and
- Neither Mr. Aggie nor his friends or family will solicit the prospective studentathlete's participation in athletics at Texas A&M.
Send comments and suggestions to Compliance@athletics.tamu.edu.