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.
The last item is necessary due to NCAA rules that preclude boosters from soliciting the enrollment of a prospect at Texas A&M. If you would like a kid or a teenager to the game and that young person is a prospective student-athlete and you are still unsure if doing so would violate NCAA rules, please contact Athletic Compliance or call 1-800-615-5317 or email us at the address below.


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