Winter Sports Nutrition Award Recipients
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --March 17, 1999
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford-- 517.332.5046
UDIM Presents Additional Cash Grants & Scholarships
EAST LANSING, Mich. - March 15 - The winter
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 postseason tournaments.
For the first three years of the program, the Sports Nutrition
Award focused on wrestling.
Eight 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 $500 scholarship for a student-athlete
chosen by their own criteria. In addition, a ninth 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 winter sports scholarship recipients will be honored at
ceremonies at halftime of the Class D championship game of the
MHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament at the Breslin Student Events
Center in East Lansing on March 27.
The schools chosen to receive winter Sports Nutrition Awards
are: Boys Basketball -- Lansing Everett High School,
head coach Johnny Jones, nutrition liaison Lynn Beard, scholarship
recipient Larry Lee; Girls Competitive Cheer -- Bloomfield
Hills Lahser High School, head coach Permella Harris, scholarship
recipient Leah Tillery; Girls Gymnastics -- Hartland High
School, head coach Deborah Heck, scholarship recipient Erin Davidson;
Boys Skiing -- Caledonia High School, head coach Bryce
Beckett, nutrition liaison Julie Ondersma, scholarship recipient
Brett Beckett; Girls Skiing -- Caledonia High School,
head coach Bryce Beckett, nutrition liaison Julie Ondersma, scholarship
recipient Rebecca Beckett; Boys Swimming & Diving
-- Marquette High School, head coach Matthew Williams, nutrition
liaison Lanae Joubert, scholarship recipient Chris Foye; Girls
Volleyball -- Ishpeming Westwood High School, head coach
Jean Jandron, scholarship recipient Katie Stream; Wrestling
-- Byron High School, head coach Marti Covert, nutrition liaison
Catherine Proulx, scholarship recipient Mike Jackson.
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 volleyball application from Beaver Island
High School. The head coach is Connie Boyle, and the scholarship
recipient is Lindsay McDonough.
All schools which participated in the Sports Nutrition Award
program will be recognized with a certificate. Information for
spring sports will be mailed soon to head coaches at each MHSAA
senior high school, with the award recipients to be named in
May, and the scholarship recipients to be honored at the Girls
Soccer Finals at Canton on June 12.
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association that conducts a total promotion program for Michigan
produced milk and other real dairy products.