Texas basketball player Charli Collier has set up a fundraiser for COVID-19 relief, the all-conference honoree revealed on Tuesday.
Collier has set up a GoFundMe page with a fundraising goal of $500,000. The collected donations will go to non-profit organizations in Houston and Baytown.
Collier is a sophomore from Mont Belvieu.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA has relaxed its rules about athletes using their names and likeness. That has allowed athletes like Collier to raise money for charitable causes. In a tweet on Tuesday, Collier thanked the NCAA and Texas’ compliance department for allowing her to proceed with this fundraiser.
The start of Collier’s fundraiser comes four days after Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger announced that he was raising money for COVID-19 relief. Ehlinger publicized his fundraiser on social media on Friday morning. As of Tuesday afternoon, he had raised nearly $45,000.
Ehlinger and Collier have been joined on the fundraising trail by a familiar face from Texas’ athletic department. On Monday, SMU quarterback Shane Buechele and former UT spirit squad member Paige Vasquez set up a GoFundMe account of their own. Buechele made 19 starts at Texas from 2016-18 before transferring to SMU last season.
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