Apr 18, 2012
The North Carolina High School Association is looking into a potential rules violation of financial assistance being given to student-athletes at Cardinal Gibbons.
"We have received a report and will follow up to determine if a rules violation has occurred," said NCSHAA commissioner Davis Whitfield Wednesday.
Cardinal Gibbons provides financial assistance to students on a need basis which is provided through an application process. The application is not reviewed until the student has already been admitted into the school.
The financial aid is not extended as an athletic scholarship. Parochial schools in the NCSHAA are not permitted to give any financial assistance of any kind to a student athlete. If financial aid is given, the student is ineligible to participate in sports.
It cost $9,120.00 for a Catholic student and $12,800.00 for a non-affiliated student to attend the school during the 2011-12 school year.
Cardinal Gibbons has forty teams and twenty sports they compete in. There are over 700 students that participate in athletics out of a 1,240 student body.
Tuesday, the NCHSAA received two proposed amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws from member schools. The first related to parochial schools possibly being banned from joining the NCHSAA, as the proposed change would only allow schools that are "funded as a 'free public school'" to join the NCHSAA.
"Cardinal Gibbons High School has been an exemplary member of the NCHSAA, and we intend to do everything possible to maintain our membership in the Association," Jason Curtis wrote Tuesday in an e-mail to parents.