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UGA AD wins nutrition award

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University of Georgia Director of Athletics Greg McGarity
has been named recipient of the Tom Osborne Award presented by the
Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) for
special achievement and contributions to Advanced-practice sports nutrition.

The Award is named for former Nebraska head football coach and Athletic
Director Tom Osborne.
 
A native of Athens, Ga. and 1976 University of Georgia graduate, the
innovative and imaginative McGarity had served 18 years in the athletic
department at the University of Florida, which has long been recognized for
its firm embrace of advanced nutrition practices that enable athletes to
achieve maximum performance, before returning to his hometown in 2010.
 
³The inauguration of a training table meal at the University of Florida
began with one person (CPSDA¹s 2012 Trailblazer Award recipient Michelle
Rockwell)," said McGarity.  "The experience ofSbuilding from the floor up a
nutrition program set the table for us at the University of Georgia.  We
hired Jen Ketterley (in 2011) to direct our nutrition program for all of our
21 sportsS650 student athletesSand (she) has done a remarkable job.²
 
Georgia has since augmented its nutrition staff with a total of three
full-time RDs, including CPSDA member Maria Breen, MS, RD, and three
students of dietetics lending support.
 
McGarity oversees a 21-sport athletics program supported by a budget of $92
million. A 1976 graduate of UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass
Communication, McGarity is a 2012 inductee into the Grady Fellowship, a
recognition program to honor those whose influence, achievements and service
to the media profession have enhanced the reputation of the Grady College.
He was also appointed in 2012 to the NCAA Division I Football Issues
Committee, a position he will hold through 2016.
 
³At the end of the day,² McGarity said, ³it¹s all about the student-
athletes, and what we can do to enhance their lives during their (time) here
at the University of Georgia, and without question, the nutrition piece has
been magnificentS.and now that it¹s in place, everyone wants more.  There¹s
no question that nutrition, as coaches learn more about it, as staff learn
more about it, and as students learn more

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