Seattle U Kids Club
Dairy Farmers of Washington Sponsor Junior Redhawk Kid's Club
The Dairy Farmers of Washington will sponsor "Rudy's Junior Redhawk Kids Club" through Seattle University Athletics in 2012.
The Kids Club, named after the Redhawks' bird-like mascot, engages young fans of Seattle U athletics in basketball, baseball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, track and field, cross county, tennis, softball and golf. Kids Club participants have the opportunity to attend summer sports camps conducted by Seattle U and are eligible for prizes ranging from T-shirts to passes to Seattle U sporting events. The affiliated Kids Corner, with free face painting and sign making, opens one hour prior to men's basketball games at KeyArena.
"Dairy farmers across the state have a tradition of supporting youth by encouraging a healthy diet and exercise which helps provide opportunities for them to excel," said Jeff Steele of the Washington Dairy Products Commission.
While "Rudy's Junior Redhawk Kids Club" is the first time dairy farmers have sponsored a youth program at the collegiate level, they have, for the past sixteen years, sponsored the WIAA State High School Championships. Six years ago, that sponsorship was enhanced by a co-title sponsorship of the WIAA with Les Schwab Tires who have also supported the dairy farmers in their long-standing nutrition outreach programs in schools.
Seattle University recently launched a chocolate milk refueling program for their student-athletes. "Research suggests that consuming a 3:1 to 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio is essential to any athlete's post recovery routine," said Cara Stayton, Registered Dietitian and School Program Manager for the Washington State Dairy Council. "One reason chocolate milk is such an effective recovery beverage is that it has a carbohydrate to protein ratio of approximately 3.25:1."
"Seattle University is dedicated to providing the best possible environment for our student athletes," said Thomas Garcia, Coordinator of Strength & Conditioning for Seattle U Athletics. "We share the Dairy Farmers of Washington's belief that good nutritional habits will help our athletes perform at a peak level while instilling positive habits that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. That's a message that young fans need to hear too." Since 2008 Garcia has worked as both a strength and conditioning coach and certified athletic trainer at Seattle U.
Seattle University has a rich NCAA Division I athletics history that first flourished during the 1950's with its men's basketball teams and All-Americans Johnny and Eddie O'Brien. In the late 1990's, current University President, Fr. Stephen Sundborg, restored the university's NCAA membership by moving most of the programs into Division III for one year and then all programs to Division II in fall of 2002. Seattle U will become the newest member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in July 2012.