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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sports Nutrition Award Applications
October 2, 1998
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford -- 517.332.5046
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Oct. 2 - The Michigan
High School Athletic Association Sports Nutrition Award, underwritten
by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, has expanded to educate
and recognize the outstanding sports nutrition efforts of its
member schools in all 24 sports in which the Association sponsors
postseason competition beginning with the 1998-99 school year.
For the past three years, the focus of the Sports Nutrition Program
has been to educate and present awards only in wrestling. The
expansion of the program to all sports was always a long-term
priority of both sponsoring parties.
"Teaching healthy eating habits is necessary in all sports,"
said John E. "Jack" Roberts, executive director of
the MHSAA. "To expand the Sports Nutrition Award program
to educate, encourage and reward the efforts of our member schools
in all sports is a natural expansion of a successful effort we
have enjoyed the past few years in wrestling."
Under the expanded program, schools will be sent nutrition education
materials and award program entry forms. A school may submit
a separate entry form for any or all of the MHSAA sponsored sports
in which they participate. A winner will be selected for each
of the 24 MHSAA sponsored sports and will receive a $1,000 grant
to enhance the winning sports program. A $500 scholarship will
also be provided for a student-athlete participating in the sport
in which the award was presented. Schools only needed to provide
verification of participation in the nutrition program to become
eligible for the prize drawing.
In addition, a Merit Award will be presented in each season
to the school judged to have conducted the best nutrition education
program. The school chosen for the Merit Award will receive
a $2,000 grant to enhance its winning sports program; and a $1,000
scholarship will be provided to a student-athlete from that school
in the sport that applied.
The deadline for fall sports applications
will be November 6, 1998, with the winners to be honored at ceremonies
during the MHSAA Girls Basketball Finals on December 5. The
deadline for winter sports applications is February 26, 1999,
with the winners to be honored at ceremonies during the MHSAA
Boys Basketball Finals on March 27. The deadline for spring
sports applications is May 14, 1999, with the winners to be honored
at ceremonies during the MHSAA Girls Soccer Finals on June 12.
"The awards program will help coaches and athletes keep
nutrition top-of-mind all season long," said Donna Hensey,
manager of Sports Nutrition Programs for UDIM. "Learning
about appropriate eating behavior can have an immediate beneficial
effect on athletic performance. Also, long-term, healthy eating
may become a lifetime habit."
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary
membership by over 1,300 public, and private high schools and
junior high/middle schools. No government funds or tax dollars
support the MHSAA, which does not accept membership dues or tournament
entry fees from schools. Member schools may participate in MHSAA
tournaments conducted in 12 sports for girls and 12 sports for
boys which attract approximately 1.3 million spectators each
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.