Boosters, Fans, and Friends

Important Terms & Definitions

Who is a Representative of Athletic Interests (Booster/Donor)?

NCAA rules indicate that all alumni, friends, and employees of the University are categorized as representatives of athletics interests. The NCAA stipulates that once an individual has been identified as a representative or booster/donor of the University's athletics programs, he or she retains this status forever even if the individual is no longer associated with the athletics program. Furthermore, the NCAA states that it is possible to be a representative of athletics interest at more than one university at the same time.

A representative of athletics interests is anyone who has ever:

As a representative of athletics interests (booster/donor), you may not:

Who is a Prospective Student-Athlete?

NCAA rules stipulate that a prospective student-athlete is a person who has started classes for the ninth (9th) grade, regardless of his/her athletics ability and /or participation.

Transfer Students

As a representative of athletics interest you are not permitted to contact any student-athlete or the family member/guardian of a student-athlete who is or has enrolled at another institution for the purposes of recruiting and/or to determine the possibility of transferring to UNG. The same rules apply to these students as they do for prospective student-athletes.

What is an "Extra Benefit"?

The NCAA defines an extra benefit as any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interest ("booster/donor") to provide a student-athlete (or a student-athlete's relative or friend) a benefit that is not generally available to other UNG students and their relative and/or friends. Therefore, please be aware of the following:

What are the consequences of NCAA violations?

Recruiting violations by UNG employees and/or Representatives will result in the prospective or enrolled student-athlete becoming immediately ineligible to represent UNG in intercollegiate athletics. A major recruitment violation can cause a prospect or current student-athlete to become permanently ineligible for intercollegiate athletics at UNG.

Therefore, UNG encourages all employees and representatives of UNG athletic interests to contact the Department of Athletics if there is doubt concerning their contact with potential or enrolled student-athletes. Should you, at any time, have a question please do not hesitate in directing these inquiries to:

Derek Suranie, Associate Athletic Director
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle | Dahlonega, Ga. 30597

Promotional/Charitable Activities

UNG student-athletes are often asked to participate in promotional activities (e.g., speaking engagements). However, student-athlete involvement in a promotional activity is also subject to specific NCAA rules and is limited to institutional, charitable, educational and/or nonprofit activities.

Permissible Activities (Bylaw Institutional, Charitable, Educational or Nonprofit Promotions)

A member institution or recognized entity thereof (e.g., fraternity, sorority or student government organization), a member conference or a non-institutional charitable, educational or nonprofit agency may use a student-athlete's name, picture or appearance to support its charitable or educational activities or to support activities considered incidental to the student-athlete's participation in intercollegiate athletics, provided the following conditions are met:

(a) The student-athlete receives written approval to participate from the director of athletics (or his or her designee who may not be a coaching staff member), subject to the limitations on participants in such activities as set forth in Bylaw 17;

(b) The specific activity or project in which the student-athlete participates does not involve co-sponsorship, advertisement or promotion by a commercial agency other than through the reproduction of the sponsoring company's officially registered regular trademark or logo on printed materials such as pictures, posters or calendars. The company's emblem, name, address and telephone number may be included with the trademark or logo. Personal names, messages and slogans (other than an officially registered trademark) are prohibited;

(c) The name or picture of a student-athlete with remaining eligibility may not appear on an institution's printed promotional item (e.g., poster, calendar) that includes a reproduction of a product with which a commercial entity is associated if the commercial entity's officially registered regular trademark or logo also appears on the item;

(d) The student-athlete does not miss class;

(e) All moneys derived from the activity or project go directly to the member institution, member conference or the charitable, educational or nonprofit agency;

(f) The student-athlete may accept actual and necessary expenses from the member institution, member conference or the charitable, educational or nonprofit agency related to participation in such activity;

(g) The student-athlete's name, picture or appearance is not utilized to promote the commercial ventures of any nonprofit agency;

(h) Any commercial items with names or pictures of student-athletes (other than highlight films or media guides per Bylaw may be sold only at the member institution at which the student-athlete is enrolled, institutionally controlled (owned and operated) outlets or outlets controlled by the charitable or educational organization (e.g., location of the charitable or educational organization, site of charitable event during the event); and

(i) The student-athlete and an authorized representative of the charitable, educational or nonprofit agency sign a release statement ensuring that the student-athlete's name, image or appearance is used in a manner consistent with the requirements of this section.

If your organization would like to utilize UNG student-athletes to participate in an event, please contact the Compliance Coordinator at 706-867-3275.