BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR)–Virginia Tech is all about making sure their student-athletes find success whether it’s on the field or on the court. One way the university is ensuring they accomplish this feat – is through a project that caters to their nutritional needs. What used to be the old Bowman Room in the Jamerson Athletic Center at Virginia Tech – has now been transformed into something new.
“So we’re standing in the Student Athlete Performance Center in the athletic department at Virginia Tech and this is an absolute game changer for our student-athletes. They’re able to come up here once a day throughout the week and get a very well-balanced nutritious meal. Some of our teams are getting brunch and some are getting dinner, and some are getting both,” said Senior Director of Sports Nutrition at Virginia Tech Alyson Onyon.
It took 19-months to complete the renovations on the project – it features a full-service kitchen as well as a dining area. Nutrition education is the core initiative of the performance center – condsidering the project caters to all 22 varsity sports at the university.
“I’m in here pretty much for every single meal and we work very closely with our chef and Sodexo to make sure the menus are meeting our standards and expectations, and this is an amazing space to be able to communicate with their own individualized nutrition goals daily. Now we’re able to educate the athletes and provide them such solid nutrition that it is a game-changer for my job as a dietitian,” said Onyon.
The Student Athlete Performance Center isn’t just about providing players with a nutritious meal – it’s about giving these student athletes a place they can call home.
“This space allows them to come and get a nice dinner and even though they’re not allowed to sit in the space right now because of COVID. Just the interactions that the athletes are having with each other makes my heart so happy,” said Onyon.