Girls Varsity Soccer · Chocolate Milk Grant Winners

Parkway Christian Varsity Girls Soccer Team named Michigan Chocolate Milk Mustache

Sterling Heights, Michigan- The snow is melting, the temperature is rising, and a local
sports team has started the spring season as celebrities…Chocolate Milk Mustache
Celebrities. Town/City’s sport team has been named one of United Dairy Industry of
Michigan’s (UDIM) Chocolate Milk: Nature’s Sports Drink grant recipients, which
emphasizes good nutrition.

This spring, 64 Michigan high school sports teams were awarded funds to purchase and
provide low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk to help their student athletes get the nutrition
that they need after practices, games and competitions.

Chocolate milk is one of the most nutritious choices that students can make at home or
at school. It’s a natural, nutrient-rich beverage and an excellent source of nine essential
nutrients – calcium, potassium, protein, phosphorus, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin
and niacin – nutrients that students need for good health.

“According to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, Americans of all activity levels over the age
of eight should include three servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or milk products in their
diet every day. Chocolate milk is a nutritious option to help meet these
recommendations,” says Melissa Gerharter, registered dietitian, UDIM. “And what’s
really great about chocolate milk is that it packs a powerful nutrient punch, it’s
affordable, and it tastes great.”

“Since the grant began in 2011, we’ve awarded over 800 grants to high school sports
teams across Michigan,” states Gerharter. “We’re happy to see the impacts that it has
had on the overall nutrition of many student athletes already, and we can only hope that
it will continue to gain momentum.”

To build awareness around the importance of good nutrition, the Chocolate Milk:
Nature’s Sports Drink kit includes promotional items and educational materials. Winning
teams will also receive posters of their Chocolate Milk Mustache Celebrities photos to
display around town.