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:
A: #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.