The Complete Student-Athlete Experience: Nutrition
Our goal is to fund the complete student-athlete experience. Contributors to the I-Club fund scholarships, team travel, medical and athletic training, equipment and uniforms, academic services, nutrition, and strength and conditioning. Your gifts enable us to provide the best possible experience for our student-athletes.
During the 2015-16 athletics year, we will highlight the seven areas that make up I-Club members' investment in the complete Hawkeye student-athlete experience.
Nutrition: An average of $2,177 is spent per year, per student-athlete, on nutrition.
With long days of practice and competition, travel, and weight training — while trying to stay caught up with a rigorous academic workload — it can be challenging for UI student-athletes to find the time to prepare healthy foods.
However, when it comes to proper nutrition, the benefits are huge. That’s why Hawkeye athletics continues to emphasize the availability of quality food and the importance of nutrition education. Landon Evans, assistant strength and conditioning coach at Iowa, helps student-athletes monitor their nutritional intake and designs meal plans to maximize their performance. As a registered dietitian, he serves as nutrition coordinator for UI Olympic sports.
“Our goal is to get our student-athletes what they need to train and perform at the highest level,” Evans said. “Proper nutrition is essential to creating healthier, faster, and stronger competitors. We are enabling student-athletes to fuel themselves and promote training recovery through proper nutrition.”
Recent changes to NCAA rules regarding the nutritional needs of student-athletes now allow unlimited access to healthy foods and snacks, and that’s helped the UI better accommodate the needs of our Hawkeyes. In the past year, the UI has added refueling stations at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center, and the Stew and LeNore Hansen Football Practice Center, where our more than 650 student-athletes can get fresh salads and wraps, protein bars, fruit, and other healthy options 24 hours a day.
“As members of the Presidential Committee on Athletics, we review and advise on policies that relate to the health, well-being, and academic success of our student-athletes,” said Cathy Zaharis, who served as both the UI Foundation board president and National I-Club board president from 2014-15. “The growing emphasis on nutrition is an absolute plus for the young men and women who represent the University of Iowa. The overall focus on thoughtful nutrition support improves these young Hawkeyes not only in their sporting endeavors, but in the classroom as well. It is a critical component of ‘Win, Graduate, and Do It Right.’ I am proud that our university has prioritized this important piece of the athletic experience.”