BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- CSUB Athletics is partnering with Bakersfield-based Bolthouse Farms for a gift-in-kind donation of food and drink items to be used in the new Kegley Center for Student Success as part of the 'Student Success Nutrition Program.' Bolthouse Farms will provide products for student-athletes studying at the new academic center.

“We would like to thank Bolthouse for this generous gift. The product will directly impact our student-athletes through our nutrition program led by senior athletic trainer, Michael Wilkins,” said deputy athletics director Dena Freeman-Patton. “With the opening of the new Kegley Center for Student Success, there will be a nutrition bar housed in this facility as a part of the initiatives of the NCAA AASP Grant.”

The Bolthouse Farms donation will provide CSUB student-athletes with healthy nutrition throughout their athletic seasons and will include juices, smoothies, ‘Protein Plus’ and ‘Shake Down’ carrot products.

“This gift is a big step in support of our efforts to assist with student health and well-being and provide a positive student-athlete experience. How they perform is dependent on how they recover from the ongoing demands of being a student-athlete,” said senior athletic trainer Michael Wilkins. “Our goal is to improve our student-athletes’ performance not only on their field of play but in the classroom as well.”

The new Kegley Center for Student Success is expected to open in the coming weeks and includes state-of-the-art facilities for student-athlete advising, study halls along with tutoring the computer labs. The nutrition center will provide nourishment for student-athletes and help make the Kegley Center a focal point of the student-athlete experience.

“It’s an honor to have the support of Bolthouse, a true community partner to Bakersfield,” said Josiah Castro, assistant athletics director for development. “Impactful gifts like these are going to take our athletics program to the next level. We want to thank Bolthouse for their generosity and support.”

For more information on how to support the Student Success Nutrition Plan or the Kegley Center for Student Success, contact Josiah Castro at (661) 654-3209.