Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend, Marissa Mowry, started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for families affected by the novel coronavirus, and the fund was quickly deactivated because of NCAA compliance concerns.

But shortly after the State published a story about Lawrence shutting down the fundraiser, the NCAA contacted Clemson “informing us that they are waiving restrictions that had been in place and are now allowing institutions to utilize discretion with respect to fundraising efforts,” the university said in a statement.

Lawrence said Tuesday evening on Instagram that he and Mowry would soon resume fundraising. He said Clemson, in advising him to deactivate the GoFundMe campaign, was only trying to abide by the NCAA’s rules.

The NCAA is “allowing us to raise money now, to continue to raise money for what we were doing originally,” Lawrence said. “So we’re going to take some time and kind of think about how we’re going to restart it back up.”

In a statement Tuesday evening, the NCAA said it did not ask Lawrence to take down the fundraiser and added, “We continue to work with member schools so they have the flexibility to ensure that student-athletes and communities impacted by this illness are supported, and we applaud Trevor for his efforts.”

Mowry, who plays soccer at Anderson University in South Carolina, initially posted a video to Instagram on Monday explaining that Lawrence could no longer be involved with the effort and the GoFundMe had to be taken down because of compliance concerns. The campaign, which lists Mowry as the organizer and Lawrence as a beneficiary, had raised $2,670.

A Clemson official confirmed to the State that the fundraiser had to be deactivated because of NCAA rules prohibiting the use of name, image and likeness for crowdfunding. The Athletic reported that Clemson’s compliance department asked Lawrence to take down the fundraiser.

Mowry now has a link in her Instagram bio where people can donate to No Kid Hungry, but it is not part of a campaign led by her or Lawrence. Rather than giving money to individual families, Mowry said in the Instagram video that the funds raised will go to No Kid Hungry and Meals on Wheels.

“It’s going to be very helpful,” Lawrence said on a video posted on Mowry’s Instagram story. “We really appreciate y’all. Sorry for all the drama and all the confusion, but we got it worked out.”

Mowry’s post also asks for letter nominations for those affected by the coronavirus or health-care workers.

“We are going to keep doing the letters,” she said. “... We will do our best to try and write a letter to everyone and just support everyone during this hard time. Again, our intentions were to try and help everyone, and that’s changed a little bit. But we’re still going to do our best to love on y’all and support one another during this hard time.”

Many professional athletes, who are not bound by NCAA restrictions, have used their platforms to ask fans to donate to coronavirus relief efforts.

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