Troy Athens High School cross country captains recently presented a monetary donation raised by the team to parish receptionist Florence Parent of St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Troy, where the Troy People Concerned Food Pantry is housed. From the left are seniors Riley Weber and Ryan Meitzner, Florence Parent, and juniors Erin Swartz and Hannah DiGiovanni. Not pictured is senior Dan Bart.

Troy Athens High School cross country captains recently presented a monetary donation raised by the team to parish receptionist Florence Parent of St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Troy, where the Troy People Concerned Food Pantry is housed. From the left are seniors Riley Weber and Ryan Meitzner, Florence Parent, and juniors Erin Swartz and Hannah DiGiovanni. Not pictured is senior Dan Bart.

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Troy Athens’ cross country ‘Gets Milk’ grant, gives back to others

By: Mary Beth Almond | Troy Times | Published November 10, 2020

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TROY — The Troy Athens High School cross country team was recently awarded a chocolate milk grant from the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

The team members used chocolate milk as their recovery beverage during this season because school officials said it contains the right 3-1 mix of carbohydrates and protein scientifically shown to help refuel muscles. It helps restore muscles quickly to their peak potential and helps replenish what the body has lost during exercise, according to officials.

Athens cross country coaches Mike Stallsmith and Shawn DuFresne, in their 25th year leading the Red Hawks as a coaching duo, said they were grateful for the grant.

“We are always emphasizing proper nutrition with our student athletes,” DuFresne said in a press release. “This grant allows us to see our training philosophy in action. Moreover, our runners are now even more conscious of their food choices, and how their decisions relate to becoming a successful athlete and ultimately a healthy person throughout their lives.”

The Athens boys and girls cross country teams train together and are led by senior captains Dan Bart, Ryan Meitzner and Riley Weber, as well as juniors Hannah DiGiovanni and Erin Swartz.

“I enjoy having the grant because the milk is amazing after a run,” Weber said. “The grant we received provides a great, healthy recovery drink, which not only helped our performance but also served as a reward after a practice or meet,” Bart said in a press release.

Grant recipients were encouraged to raise funds for a food bank to purchase milk, one of the most requested items, and the team recently donated $200 to the Troy People Concerned Food Pantry, located at St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Troy. The pantry, which relies strictly on donations of the parish and the local community, assists all city residents.

“This pandemic has hit our local neighbors very hard with job loss and discretionary income,” Kim Houseman, the Christian service director at St. Anastasia, said in a statement. “This generous donation from the Athens cross country team will allow us to provide milk for families, which is something that we are not always typically able to offer.”

The runners were happy to oblige.

“It feels great to give back to the community, especially during the pandemic with so many who are in need,” Bart said in a press release.

“I’m glad our team was able to help those who may need assistance for their proper nutrition,” Meitzner said in a press release.

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