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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 1998
Sports Nutrition Award Recipients Announced;
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford 517.332.5046
Over $26,000 In Prizes Awarded By United Dairy Industry Of Michigan
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- March 4 - Nine wrestling schools have been selected
to receive awards through the Michigan High School Athletic Association's
Sports Nutrition Award program, underwritten by the United Dairy Industry
Eight of the schools were selected from 55 entered to receive a cash grant
for their wrestling program, a college scholarship and other prizes. The
ninth school was given to a school judged to have conducted the most creative
nutrition education program of all the entries submitted. In all, over $26,000
in grants, scholarships and other prizes will be awarded.
The Sports Nutrition Award program is part of UDIM's sports nutrition education
campaign, which is the focus of its partnership with the MHSAA. Wrestling
schools were invited to participate in a program where they could implement
a nutrition education program from a variety of options. Schools only needed
to provide verification of participation in the program, and they became
eligible for a prize drawing.
Two schools in each of the four wrestling competition divisions will receive
a $2,000 grant for its wrestling program, plus a $1,000 college scholarship
for a member of the wrestling team of their choosing. In addition, the head
wrestling coach and nutrition liaison of each school chosen would receive
a weekend getaway package for two at Crystal Mountain Resort. In addition,
each school selected will receive a crystal trophy to permanently display.
The scholarship recipients will be honored at ceremonies at halftime of
the Class B championship game of the MHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament at
the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing on March 28.
The schools chosen to receive Sports Nutrition Awards are: Division I -
East Kentwood High School, Head Coach Rick Smith, nutrition liaison Dan
Chappell; scholarship recipient Craig Parker; Temperance Bedford High School,
Head Coach Dennis Brighton, nutrition liaison Karen Adamski; scholarship
recipient Scott Opdyke. Division II -- Fenton High School, Head Coaches
Duane Wohlfert and Bruce Burwitz, nutrition liaison Mitch Smelis; scholarship
recipient Tom Kottalis; Grand Rapids Central High School, Head Coach Doug
Luke, nutrition liaison Amy Klinkoski; scholarship recipient Curtis Meyer.
Division III - Center Line High School, Head Coach Dennis Rutowski, nutrition
liaison Kenneth Wasilewski; scholarship recipient Justin Causey; Wyoming
Godwin Heights High School, Head Coach Tony Santilli, nutrition liaison
Jackie Tutt; scholarship recipient Paul Pycraft. Division IV - East Jackson
High School, Head Coach Paul Coats, nutrition liaisons Carol Ruder and Kelly
Daniels; scholarship recipient Andrew Johanns; Grass Lake High School, Head
Coach Jerry Pollard, nutrition liaisons Carol Ruder and Kelly Daniels; scholarship
recipient Bill Shaltis.
All of the 55 applications were considered for the Merit Award, given to
the school judged to have the most creative sports nutrition education program.
A committee of UDIM and MHSAA representatives selected Lincoln Park High
School. Lincoln Park will receive a $2,000 grant from UDIM and a crystal
Schools participating in the Sports Nutrition Award program in 1997-98 were:
Algonac, Breckenridge, Buchanan, Byron, Cedar Springs, Center Line, Clinton,
Coloma, Concord, Constantine, Croswell-Lexington, Dearborn, Detroit Catholic
Central, DeWitt, Durand, East Detroit, East Jackson, East Kentwood, Escanaba,
Fenton, Flint Beecher, Gobels, Grand Rapids Central, Grand Rapids Kenowa
Hills, Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills, Grass Lake, Grosse Pointe South, Harper
Woods, Hart, Ida, Inkster, Lake Fenton, Lansing Everett, Linsoln Park, Linden,
Lowell, Macomb Dakota, Marlett, Milan, Portland, Rockford, Roscommon, Saginaw
Nouvel, Saginaw Swan Valley, Sandusky, Sanford Meridian, South Lyon, Sparta,
Temperance Bedford, Union City, Utica, Whittemore-Prescott, Wyoming Godwin
Heights, Ypsilanti Lincoln.
Those schools which participated in Sports Nutrition Award program will
be recognized with a certificate.
With headquarters in Okemos, UDIM is a non-profit, member-drive association
that conducts a total promotion program for Michigan produced milk and other
real dairy products.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership
by over 1,330 public and private high school schools and junior high/middle
schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and
competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which
was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues
or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these
rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments conducted in 12
sports for boys and 12 sports for girls which attract approximately 1.3
million spectators each year.