White holds similar one-on-one sessions and group discussions with each of Quinnipiac’s 21 Division I athletic programs. She loves it all — the outreach, the interaction, the difference she makes.
White holds a unique place among the 11 schools in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Few mid-major athletic programs — especially those that don’t have football — enjoy a full-time staff member with the training, background and expertise that White brings to the Bobcats.
“The majority of athletes who come here have never really had any sports nutrition education,” said White, who earned her bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Quinnipiac and her master’s degree in nutrition education from Columbia in 2007. “I want to help our athletes gain the tools they need. I tell them, ‘I think it’s important for your sport, but I’m also thinking about your long-term health and your well-being.’”
White’s holistic message of good choices and better results — her curriculum includes a cooking game show and a custom cookbook for student-athletes — gives Quinnipiac another edge on the court, on the field and on the ice.
Last summer, White and assistant athletic trainer Becky Mella created a cooking contest for the women’s basketball team based on the Food Network show “Chopped.” Players made their own dishes by integrating surprise ingredients such as eggs, rice and chicken.