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U of M athlete targeted for vandalism to use donations for charity

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A University of Memphis athlete, who said she was racially targeted by vandals, has seen an outpouring of support from the Mid-South.

Just hours after her story aired on WMC Action News 5 Monday night, several people came forward wanting to donate to the student.

However, because Nicole Lawson is a student-athlete she cannot accept the money because of restrictions.

On the other hand, there is a way for this outpouring of support to reach a cause closer to her.

On Monday, Lawson shared her story of someone keying her car and leaving a nasty racist note.

But, Tuesday WMC received numerous calls from viewers wanting to help with the $800 repair bill.

"It shows me there are people that I don't know that can support me," Lawson said. "With NCAA rules, you can't receive money and use it for yourself."

Instead, she said she can donate to charitable causes and that's what she wants the money to be used for. It will be used to help out her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina during a time of high tensions.

"That shows she has a wonderful heart. That she wants to give back to a bigger cause than herself," Carmen Brown said.

Brown, a Germantown resident, is one of the many callers who wanted to donate to help Lawson.

"We're not all so hateful," she said.

Lawson said she is receiving help from U of M and her coaches.

"The University of Memphis, my coaches, all of our athletic association people are trying to help me out with paying off the expenses," Lawson said.

She's said she is not letting the person or people who did this bring her down.

"I want them to see me walking with a smile on my face," she said.

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