#RefuelTheWaves Q&A: Jimmy Gehrels

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In an effort to raise money to increase and enhance nutritional food options for our student-athletes, Pepperdine Athletics has launched a week-long crowdfunding initiative called 'Refuel the Waves'. Junior men's volleyball player and co-president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Jimmy Gehrels has given us more insight into what exactly this initiative means to Pepperdine and its student-athletes:
James  Gehrels

Q: What is the #RefuelTheWaves initiative?

#RefuelTheWaves is our student-led fundraising initiative that is trying to improve refueling options for all 270 Pepperdine student-athletes

Q: What specific role are you playing with the initiative?

A: As Pepperdine SAAC co-president, when I was approached about helping to lead this initiative I couldn't say no. This campaign is really being run through the student-athletes and so I am helping SAAC lead our fellow student-athletes through this.

Q: Why has Pepperdine Athletics started this initiative?

A: Pepperdine Athletics started this campaign to one, help improve the student-athlete experience, and two, to help our coaches recruit and attract the top student-athletes nationwide. Due to NCAA deregulation of food rules, this is something that almost had to be done.

Q: How is #RefuelTheWaves going to benefit student-athletes at Pepperdine?

A: Every single dollar raised from this campaign will go directly to student-athletes, who through a committee will explore different refueling programs and options that will ultimately be the best for all student-athletes at Pepperdine, as well as to cover current costs for the refueling program -- which are about $12,000.

Q: Do you find that a lack of nutritional options for student-athletes is a common issue that should be addressed by more universities?

A: This is a nationwide issue that frankly has been, or is in process of being, addressed by a large majority of institutions around the country.

Q: When does the drive start and end?

A: The campaign started Monday, October 12th, and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 18th.

Q: How can people make donations towards the initiative?

A: The way to donate is to go to our crowdfunding page at https://impact.pepperdine.edu/refuel.

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