Sodexo is piloting a food program that targets the nutritional needs of college athletes.
The initiative, dubbed The Circuit, aims to support athletes with healthy meals and snacks before and after the season as well as when they’re on the road. It includes partnerships with nutrition consultant Leslie Bonci and chef Andy Williams, who will craft menus around athletes’ specific needs, according to Sodexo. Other components of the program focus on maintaining athletic facilities and fostering professional development.
"College athletes are often faced with the challenge to deliver success in the classroom and the playing field simultaneously, which can be mentally and physically exhausting," Kevin Rettle, VP of global offer development for Sodexo Universities, said in a statement. "We wanted to create a program to help athletes make choices that will help sustain them on and off the field."
The Circuit is taking place at four colleges throughout the U.S.: University of Tampa in Florida; College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.; West Virginia University in Morgantown; and Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. It will continue until the end of June.
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