Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Braves Stress Nutrition to Young Softball Players

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Braves Stress Nutrition to Young Softball Players

Article excerpt

At the recent Summer Olympics in Atlanta, female athletes rose to majestic heights.

In a sense, they were the bread and butter of a solid American contingent. That's bread and butter as in vitality - not diet.

It's no secret the world's most successful athletes reach their pinnacle by balancing nutrition with physical fitness for the ultimate sports achievement.

That message wasn't lost on 125 young female softball players who gathered for a clinic on nutrition and baseball skills at the Mathews -Dickey Boys' Club on July 22.

The girls received tips on hitting, fielding and - eating.

Their teachers: members of the world champion Atlanta Braves.

"Girls, you don't realize the opportunities you have," said Braves first base coach Pat Corrales, a former Cardinals catcher. Corrales was accompanied by bullpen coach Ned Yost and players Pedro Borbon and Mike Mordecai.

The clinic was sponsored by Ocean Spray and the Society for Nutrition Education Foundation.

Later, Ann Grandjean, a noted sports nutritionist, gave a seminar to high school coaches, athletic directors and trainers entitled "Eat to Compete: Sports Nutrition for Young Women Athletes."

The one-day seminar was part of Ocean Spray's "Crave To Be Your Best" program. From a pool of $143,000, the program awards college scholarships to high school female student-athletes and recognizes high schools that foster participation among girls in its sports curriculum.

Judging from the enthusiasm of the participants at Mathews-Dickey, ther e was ample reason for optimism. The skills clinic was a centerpiece of the seminar, with Corrales giving hands-on instruction on how to hold the bat and maintain the proper batting stance.

"Don't tote that bat! Relax, relax, relax," he exhorted one batter.

Meanwhile, Borbon and Mordecai took another group into the outfield, where there was a spirited round of catch-and-throw inside the James "Cool Papa" Bell Stadium complex at Mathews-Dickey. …

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