WSU Compliance weighs in on Sorenson aspect

WASHINGTON STATE’s compliance department weighed in a few hours after a GoFundMe page was set up for starting center Riley Sorenson’s family by the wife of a Sun Bowl board member. The GoFundMe page, meanwhile, shows no signs of stopping.

As of 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, more than $36,000 had been raised with 488 people donating. 

Sorenson was pulled aside before the Sun Bowl and told his father had suffered a heart attack, according to the GoFundMe page. His father, Bart, remains in an El Paso hospital in coma with the family also remaining in El Paso.

WSU’s compliance department posted on its Facebook page, indicating there may be NCAA rules issues with such campaigns for student-athletes.

It is not permissible for WSU Athletics coaches, staff, student-athletes and boosters (including parents of student-athletes) to use a student-athletes status as a platform to raise money for emergency or other expenses for the student-athlete or their family members. A student-athletes name and likeness may not be used under any of those circumstances. Please contact the compliance office with any questions or concerns. ?#?GoCougs?

April Lamphere Rystad, the wife of the Sun Bowl board of directors member who set up the GoFundMe page, said Sorenson’s mother was also diagnosed with stage four cancer in November. Rystad said she set up the page to help the family offset the coming medical bills and expenses incurred by the family remaining in El Paso after Bart’s heart attack. 

The Sorenson family is from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

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