NCAA Approves Unlimited Meals and Snacks For Division I Athletes

This was a ruling that has been a long time coming. On the heels of Shabazz Napier’s comments in regards to sometimes starving at night, the NCAA has approved a measure that will allow student athletes unlimited meals and snacks.

According to Fowler, the measure has been coming for some time despite Napier’s strong comments.

Division I student-athletes can receive unlimited meals and snacks in conjunction with their athletics participation, the Legislative Council decided Tuesday.  The rule, which applies to walk-ons as well as scholarship student-athletes, is an effort to meet the nutritional needs of all student-athletes.

The provision of meals approved today is in addition to the meal plan provided as part of a full scholarship. Prior to this change, scholarship student-athletes received three meals a day or a food stipend.

Council chair Mary Mulvenna, associate commissioner of the America East Conference, said Tuesday’s decisions underscored the commitment to student-athletes.

“Today we took action to provide meals to student-athletes incidental to participation,” Mulvenna said. “I think the end result is right where it needs to be.”

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