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Pre-game meals a piece of cake

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By John Herndon

School lunches might not give student-athletes enough to eat to get through practices, but games are a different story.

“Games are a lot easier than getting something to eat before practice,” Anderson County High School athletic director Rick Sallee said. “The school does not provide the meals. It’s usually some parents that do that.”

Sometimes, the pre-game meal is the responsibility of the player’s family. For others, the teams have organized meals. It depends on the sport and the locale of the competition.

If pre-game meals are served, they are typically done somewhere around 3:30 to 4 p.m., depending on the sport and, in the case of away games, travel time. Those times are outside of the parameters designated by the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

“If we are playing a game where we have to leave at 4:15 to get there, we have been providing team meals,” Anderson girls’ basketball coach Clay Birdwhistell says. “Luckily, my mom is retired and loves to cook for ‘her girls.’”