Up to the challenge

Dion Clisso/PrepsKC

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 5, 2016 - 10:59 AM

At the start of the practice Monday two schools in the Metro took the Sport Shake Challenge.

North Kansas City and Blue Springs made Sport Shake a part of their daily routine to see if the recovery drink could help them. A few days into the challenge and players and coaches have lots of positive things to say about Sport Shake.

At North Kansas City the Hornets made it part of their daily routine. Everyone got a can right after morning weights and then again after practice. Hornets coach Leon Douglas said he has seen an immediate effect of Sport Shake on his team.

“It definitely tastes good and better than anything we’ve had in the past,” Douglas said. “We’ve dealt with a supplement company, I won’t name them, but this is without a doubt better. The kids definitely like the chocolate but I’ve had the vanilla and it is good as well.

“I think it has helped with heat related stuff. We haven’t had any cramping along with being hydrated. After practice we give them one on the field and have one during our position meetings. I think it has definitely helped. The taste is great and what they are getting on the nutrition side you can’t beat. I love it.”

The players have seen those benefits as well. North Kansas City’s John Joe Sanchez said the taste is good and has lots of protein.

“I like how it has a lot of protein in it,” Sanchez said. “Also the taste is like really creamy. It’s not too liquidy and that’s what I like about it. “

Sanchez said it has helped the transition from weights to the practice

“We get done lifting and everybody is really hungry and some people haven’t eaten all day,” Sanchez said. “Being able to drink a shake then and then drink a shake right after practice it was nice. One of the other quarterbacks today was saying he was really hungry and coach told him to go get a shake and do whatever you need to do to get your body going.”

The feedback at Blue Springs was an echo of North Kansas City. Players like the drink all by itself and are seeing the benefits come recovery time.

“We get it every day after practice and I’m always thirsty,” Wildcats’ junior Daniel Parker Jr. said. “It is different than Gatorade. I like this better than Gatorade. It has a lot more protein and it tastes better. Even hot it tastes good to me.”

Both Blue Springs and North Kansas City have taken the Sports Shake Challenge and like the results. When Kansas practice opens on Aug. 15 Mill Valley, Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission West will take their turn.

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