There is never a dull moment for Tech’s Sports Nutrition staff, especially now that football isn’t the only fall sport in season. The Athletics Communications staff took a closer look inside a typical August day in the Sports Nutrition office, and it seems every day is a full one for the department’s director Jennie Schafer, graduate assistant Kelly Masteller and the student staff. Schafer arrives in time for football breakfast every morning, which begins at 7 a.m., before the team’s meetings at 8 a.m. She looks over the day ahead of her before browsing the room to encourage picky eaters and reward the well rounded ones by choosing an impressive plate or two from breakfast and dinner, and tweeting a picture of it on the office’s account (@HokieFuel).
It’s always about being a step ahead and prepared for Schafer and her staff, as they spend the day preparing not only for the next meal or snack, but confirming orders and caterers for the next day’s meals as well. The staff has been busy throughout the day restocking the fueling stations in the basketball, soccer and volleyball locker rooms, cutting up fruit for future meals and snacks, and making sure everything is stocked and in order. Once one sport or meal is covered it is on to the next. There is always a job to be done, especially since the staff is still settling into the brand new Oasis (pictured below) where Olympic athletes can go to refuel between workouts, class and meals.
After making sure the football squad got breakfast, the nutrition staff was on to the team’s next meal, making sure that fruit was ready to accompany the to-go lunches the players would pick up after their morning meetings. We will rejoin the Schafer and her crew for football dinner this evening and see how they wrap up the final meals and snacks of the day.
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