Spring Sports Nutrition Award Recipients Announced:
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --May 25, 1999
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford-- 517.332.5046
UDIM Presents Additional Cash Grants & Scholar
EAST LANSING, Mich. - May 25 - The spring
sports recipients have been selected to be honored through the
Michigan High School Athletic Association's Sports Nutrition
Award program, underwritten by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.
This is the first full year in which the program honors schools
in the 24 sports in which in the MHSAA sponsors post-season tournaments.
For the first three years of the program, the Sports Nutrition
Award focused on wrestling.
Seven schools were selected in a drawing from all of the entries
received in their respective sports to receive a $ 1,000 cash
grant for their program, and a $5 00 scholarship for a student-athlete
chosen by their own criteria. In addition, an eighth school was
honored after being judged to have conducted the most creative
nutrition education program of all the entries submitted. The
merit award will present a $2,000 cash grant to a school's sports
program and a $ 1,000 scholarship to a student-athlete of its
The Sports Nutrition Award program is part of UDIM's sports nutrition
education program, which is the focus of its year-round partnership
with the MHSAA. Schools in all sports 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 to become eligible
for the prize drawing.
The spring sports scholarship recipients will be honored at ceremonies
at halftime of the Division 2 championship game of the MHSAA
Girls Soccer Tournament at Canton Community Schools on June 12.
The schools chosen to receive spring Sports Nutrition Awards
are: Baseball -- Marshall High School, head coach Jim
Hendershot, nutrition liaisons Charles Middleton and Marla Moss,
scholarship recipient Tim Risnes; Girls Golf -- Petoskey
High School, head coach Margie Graham, nutrition liaisons Barbara
Kennedy and Betty Brecheisen, scholarship recipient Katie Maloney;
Girls Soccer - Fenton High School, head coach Cathy Hensley,
scholarship recipient Erica Peterson; Softball -- Hartland
High School, head coach Jack Peters, nutrition liaison Kelly
Gerbig, scholarship recipient Kendra Strutz; Boys Tennis
--Marshall High School, head coach Bob Crandle, nutrition liaisons
Charles Middleton and Marla Moss, scholarship recipient Alex
Blum; Boys Track & Field -- Algonac High School, head
coach Michael Taylor, scholarship recipient Sam Dobbs; Girls
Track & Field -- Hemlock High School, head coach Donald
Krueger, nutrition liaison LeAnn Roberts, scholarship recipient
All of the 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 the girls track & field application from Crystal
Falls Forest Park High School. The head coach is Susan Austin,
the nutrition liaison is Beth Waitrovich, and the scholarship
recipient is Trisha Nylund.
All schools which participated in the Sports Nutrition Award
program will be recognized with a certificate. Information for
1999-00 fall sports will be mailed late this summer to head coaches
at each MHSAA senior high school, with the award recipients to
be named in November, and the scholarship recipients to be honored
at the Girls Basketball Finals at Mt. Pleasant on December 4.
With headquarters in Okemos, UDIM is a non-profit, member-driven
association that conducts a total promotion program for Michigan
produced milk and other real dairy products.