University of Idaho Earns $30K from Dairy West to Support Sports Nutrition
October 14, 2020
MERIDIAN, Idaho — Oct. 14, 2020 — Dairy West has awarded the University of Idaho $30,000 as part of the Sports Nutrition Partnership Grant.
U of I is one of six organizations Dairy West is partnering with to educate athletes about the importance of fueling for performance and highlight dairy foods as an optimal fueling choice.
Collectively, nearly 2,000 athletes — including more than 300 at the University of Idaho — will gain cutting-edge sports nutrition education through the Dairy West partnership.
“We thank Dairy West for selecting the University of Idaho as a recipient in the Sports Nutrition Partnership Grant. This will provide an immediate impact on our student-athletes and allow the U of I Athletics Fueling Center to expand its current offerings through new portable equipment and integration of nutrition education programming. We are all excited to be partnered with Dairy West,” said Terry Gawlik, director of Athletics at the University of Idaho.
Education includes: team talks on nutrition goal setting, fueling in the off season and nutrient timing, grocery store tours, cooking demonstrations and more. New portable equipment will offer fueling options during training, including local dairy foods. Funding also allows greater collaboration and support from a multi-disciplinary team including dietitians, sports nutritionists, exercise physiologists and athletic trainers.
“Partnering with performance teams to support athletes is exactly the reason dairy farm families are passionate about our sports nutrition programs,” said Jaclyn St. John, Dairy West health and wellness manager and sports nutrition lead and registered dietitian nutritionist. “Dairy foods provide the optimal combination of carbohydrates and protein to maximize performance.”
Dairy West launched the opportunity — its first-ever competitive sports nutrition grant — this summer. Performance teams could apply for up to $30,000 — including up to $25,000 in programmatic funding and up to $5,000 for dairy food — and nine organizations applied.
Dairy West is a regional dairy promotion organization established in 2017 to represent dairy farmers, processors and supply chain partners in Idaho and Utah. The organization raises awareness of the importance of dairy farming, promotes the health and nutritional benefits of dairy foods and encourages global demand for Idaho, Utah and Western U.S. dairy foods through coordinated marketing and communications efforts, nutrition counseling and research programs. Visit DairyWest.com and Unbottled.com for more information.
Joe St. Pierre
Director of Athletic Communications
About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at uidaho.edu