Hines Ward Unveils 'my After' Ad Campaign
At the Endurance LIVE awards gala, Ward provided a glimpse into his role in the popular "my After" campaign from REFUEL | got chocolate milk? The new advertising which includes a 30-second television commercial and print advertisement highlights chocolate milk as a cornerstone of Ward's after-workout routine as he trains for the IRONMAN World Championship. The ads are underscored with the tagline, "my After."
Ward is the latest elite athlete to join the "my After" campaign, which debuted in 2012. To date, the campaign has featured a podium-topping team of athletes such as USA Basketball star Carmelo Anthony; five members of the 2012 USA Swimming Team; 2010 IRONMAN World Champion Mirinda Carfrae; three-time IRONMAN Champion Chris Lieto; and CAF challenged athlete Sarah Reinertsen, the first female leg amputee to finish the IRONMAN World Champion. The campaign has struck a chord with athletes by showcasing the personal post-exercise routines of elite competitors and how their 'after' can make a dramatic difference in how they feel or perform in the next challenge.
The Science of Chocolate Milk
More and more elite athletes and coaches are recognizing the benefits of refueling with lowfat chocolate milk. Sports dietitian Leslie Bonci, reunited with Hines Ward for the "BECOME ONE" program after working with him and his former Pittsburgh teammates for years, makes chocolate milk a staple on her athletes' training menus. "Too many athletes overlook after-exercise recovery, which means they probably won't get the most out of their next workout," said Bonci. "Elite athletes have been refueling with chocolate milk for years because of its unique nutrient profile, plus it's so simple and it tastes great!" Chocolate milk has the right carb-to-protein ratio scientifically shown to help the body recover, high-quality protein to help repair muscles and fluids and electrolytes to replenish what's lost in sweat.
Follow Hines Ward's journey to "BECOME ONE," learn about the science behind the recovery benefits of chocolate milk, and check out exclusive training tips and videos at gotchocolatemilk.com. Join the conversation on Facebook/gotchocolatemilkand Twitter @gotchocomilk using #BecomeOne. Visit ironman.com to learn more about IRONMAN and the IRONMAN World Championship.
About the REFUEL | "got chocolate milk?" Campaign
The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C., is funded by the nation's milk processors, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. The National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board, through MilkPEP, runs the REFUEL | "got chocolate milk?" Campaign, a multi-faceted program designed to educate athletes about the recovery benefits of lowfat chocolate milk after strenuous exercise. Lowfat chocolate milk is simple, effective and scientifically shown to help refuel the body so athletes can perform at their best. It's a natural source of high-quality protein to build lean muscle; it has the right mix of protein and carbs to refuel exhausted muscles; plus fluids and a natural source of electrolytes to rehydrate and help replenish what's lost in sweat. For more information, go to www.gotchocolatemilk.com.
The iconic IRONMAN Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE by crossing finish lines at the world's most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, World Triathlon Corporation (d/b/a IRONMAN), owner and operator of the IRONMAN Series, has grown from owner of a single race to a global sensation with more than 190 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN, IRONMAN 70.3, 5150 Triathlon Series, Iron Girl and IronKids. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About the Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is a world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges get involved and stay involved in sports. CAF believes that participation in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $40 million has been raised and almost 7,000 funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF's outreach efforts reach another 60,000 individuals each year. Whether it's a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF's mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love. For more information, visit www.challengedathletes.org
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