Nov. 21, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - As student-athletes work through the grind of a season and a semester in the classroom, proper nutrition plays a vital role to help them sustain through it all. Through generous donations and the help from President Castro, the Fresno State athletic department continues to supply its student-athletes with the amenities needed for peak performance inside and outside the classroom.
The program that provides healthy snacks to Fresno State student-athletes throughout the year is called the Fruits, Nuts and Bagels (FNB) program, and would not be possible without the aid from Fresno State supporters - Steve Moore (Pistachios), Frank Roque (Almonds) and Bill Smittcamp (Fruit).
"We are very grateful for the support from President Castro, as well as our local fruit and nut producers who make this possible," said head football coach Tim DeRuyter. "Our goal is to improve our performance each and every week, and this program greatly helps us in that regard by properly fueling our bodies for peak performance."
The new student-athlete lounge inside the Meyers Sports Medicine Building that opened Sept. 20 offers nutritional snacks during the school week consisting of Pistachios, Almonds, Fruit Pops and Bagels to all 450-plus student-athletes at Fresno State. The student-athlete lounge is a place solely for the use of Fresno State's student-athletes as a place where they can go study, watch TV, socialize and have access to healthy snacks.
"The importance of nutrition is vital for our student-athletes performance on the field," said head softball coach Trisha Ford. "Recovery and refueling is a huge component of athletics, and the ability to sustain the grind of a long season. Our program shows a critical commitment to enhancing the student-athlete experience both on and off the playing field."
The FNB program is one more example that shows the commitment the university and its supporters have invested into the health and well-being of its student-athletes.
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