Good news for hungry GW athletes.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association will likely allow student athletes to get access to unlimited meals and snacks from their universities – abolishing a rule that athletic director Patrick Nero had been advocating against.
Currently, student athletes receive three meals a day or a food stipend. Additionally, partial-scholarship athletes, walk-ons and commuters are not included in the meal plans and instead pay for their own food.
That’s been a big problem at universities like GW, which has a non-traditional dining plan and expensive on-campus options.
“We hear from our students that it runs out mid-semester,” Nero told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.
He added that the University had appealed the NCAA to establish its own cafeteria for athletes on campus, but was denied.
If the NCAA’s Legislative Council’s proposal is finalized by the Division I Board of Directors on April 24, athletes will be afforded unlimited meals as early as Aug. 1.
The pressure to change the bylaw was heightened when University of Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier told reporters that he sometimes goes to bed “starving” because he doesn’t have enough to eat.