Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger started a GoFundMe campaign to assist efforts being taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic on March 25, and the results have been positive, with over $77,000 raised as of Sunday afternoon.
He introduced the GoFundMe publicly on March 27 in a message on his Twitter account:
Sam Ehlinger @sehlinger3
Please share with friends and family and let’s raise $1,000,000 for COVID-19 Relief. Shoutout @Trevorlawrencee and his girlfriend, Marissa, for setting a great example with their fundraising platform. Link to donate and share is in my bio and attached below. https://t.co/lEN3FSkQXi
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend, Anderson women's soccer player Marissa Mowry, first opened a COVID-19 relief fund in March, inspiring Ehlinger's own efforts. The Clemson compliance department originally told the quarterback to take it down, though the NCAA granted Lawrence a waiver and his relief fund was allowed to continue.
"Shout out to the NCAA. Thank y'all so much for granting a waiver," Lawrence said Tuesday. "They're allowing us to continue to raise money for what we were doing originally. So we're gonna take some time and kind of think about how we're going to restart it back up."
Ehlinger gave Lawrence a shoutout in his video for the idea to start a relief fund. He also noted that any money donated would be dispersed between the Boys and Girls Club of America, Austin's Pets Alive, the Central Texas Food Bank, and other charities and foundations.
"We've all been affected by this global crisis one way or the another, and I want to use this time to create a GoFundMe page to raise money for relief with the coronavirus," he said in his video.
Ehlinger, 21, was solid for the Longhorns in the 2019 season, throwing for 3,663 yards, 32 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 65.2 percent of his passes. While the Longhorns had high expectations coming into the season after a 10-win 2018 campaign, they finished 2019 with just an 8-5 record.
So there is unfinished business at Texas for Ehlinger. But he's proving to be a leader off the field, too, as he continues to raise money for coronavirus pandemic relief efforts.