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Gay college athlete disowned – then strangers step in with over $77k

Gay college athlete disowned – then strangers step in with over $77k

Emily Scheck, a gay college athlete

In just 12 days, the kindness and generosity of strangers have helped a gay college athlete get back on her feet after her parents disowned her.

OutSports first reported the story of Emily Scheck on Friday (16 November). Scheck is a cross-country runner at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

Over the summer, when her parents found out she was dating another girl via social media, they gave her an ultimatum: go home and attend conversion therapy, or be cut off entirely.

Scheck chose the latter, and then her parents stuffed her car ‘full of her childhood belongings’ and told her never to speak to them or her siblings again.

That’s when Grace Hausladen, Scheck’s friend and teammate, began a GoFundMe.

‘To stay in school, Emily works two jobs: one at Wegmans and the other, a work study job on campus,’ Hausladen wrote.

‘Emily has no home, and has no family supporting her. In 2019, she will no longer be on her parents health care plan and will have a whole new set of expenses to be covered. She was kicked out of her home for being herself. No one deserves to have their home and siblings taken away from them for being their true selves.’

What happened next?

People began donating to the page. Hausladen reported that in two days, people raised $20,000 for Scheck — four times the amount of Hausladen’s goal.

Then, Scheck (and Hausladen) was faced with another ultimatum, this time from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

As Division I athletes, they could not accept the money if they wanted to keep running. Scheck and Hausladen ultimately decided to keep the fundraiser going, as the money would help Scheck ‘more than running or the school ever will’.

On Friday (16 November), the NCAA reversed their decision. Now Scheck can continue raising money for her expenses and retain her status as a Division I athlete.

Strangers chip in

As of this writing, the GoFundMe for Scheck has raised over $77,000.

People have donated not only money, but kind words as well.

‘People care about you, Emily,’ wrote Mark Lueders in one comment. ‘Even though we will never meet, there is, as you know, a goodness, a compassion and a caring to people that compels us to help each other.’

Another commenter, Hyun Yu added: ‘Friends are the family we choose for ourselves, and it looks like you’ve got some awesome people in your life. Be yourself and good luck!’

Other people also extended invitations to Scheck to join their families for the upcoming holidays.

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