Lesbian college athlete, disowned by parents, will retain NCAA eligibility

November 19, 2018 08:16 AM

An online fundraiser has grown for a local college student who was cut off by her parents when they found out she was gay.

Webster native Emily Scheck says her parents cut ties in August when they found out she's in a relationship with a woman. 

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Scheck, a sophomore at Canisius college in Buffalo, receives a partial scholarship as a division i cross-country and track athlete. But her parents wanted her to give it all up and go to counseling because she's gay.

With only $20 to her name, Scheck was desperate, working two part-time jobs while attending class and cross-country practice every day. 
Her friend Grace Hausladen launched the online campaign on GoFundMe and right now it's raised nearly $60,000.  

“She was kicked out of her home for being herself,” Hausladen wrote. “No one deserves to have their home and siblings taken away from them for being their true selves."

She was at risk of losing her scholarship, because she's receiving donations. However, Canisius College will allow her to retain her eligibility and keep the money to cover education expenses. 


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