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Gonzaga Univ. Selects Ready As Athletics Official Sports Drink

For Ready Nutrition and its founder Pat Cavanaugh, it’s a question of quality over quantity with partnerships. READY counts NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald as not just investors but deep partners in building their brand. They have a deep partnership with AAU and its thousands of young people through the one organization.

READY has outflanked bigger brands to be the official partner of UCLA and rode that relationship to The Final Four last year. Now the brand takes another calculated and key step forward with Gonzaga, becoming the official partner of the Bulldogs, clearly the biggest fish in a deep mid-major men’s and women’s basketball pond.

Ready Sport Drink will be the exclusive isotonic sports drinks for fueling and replenishing Gonzaga student-athletes with its scientific, all-natural formulation featuring three dominant electrolytes, energy from superfruits, and B-Vitamins for complete hydration. 

 “We’re looking forward to this partnership with Ready,” incoming Gonzaga Director of Athletics Chris Standiford said. “It’s vital that we provide our student-athletes with the best sports nutrition options, and we know that Ready® will be the best choice for Gonzaga.”

Gonzaga is a member of the West Coast Conference, one of 8 conferences that have selected Ready® as their Official Sports Drink. The Bulldogs’ national profile is highlighted by the success of its men’s and women’s basketball programs. The women have been crowned WCC champions and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in eight of the last 12 years. The men’s program, under future Hall of Fame Coach Mark Few, has become a traditional national power. 

The team has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 10 years, making numerous Sweet 16 and Elite 8 appearances and playing for the National Championship in 2021.

“We’re always looking to provide our guys with the best in everything,” said Coach Few.  “We used Ready during the tournament last year and our players loved it. It was an easy decision for us to name Ready our Official Sports Drink.”

In addition to its sports drink, Ready will also make available it’s full portfolio of performance products including its popular protein water, protein bars and functional snacks.  

“We’re excited to welcome Gonzaga into the Ready family and thrilled that another elite program and coach has selected our sports drink for their student athletes,” said Cavanaugh, himself a former student-athlete and University of Pittsburgh basketball team captain. “Coach Few’s program has such a high standard of excellence and I know he wants the very best for his players and all Gonzaga student-athletes. We’re committed to helping them reach their team and individual goals with our science-based performance products.”

Two potential Final Four schools, the biggest and smartest names in the NBA and the NFL and the deepest grassroots partner. Not a bad way to pick and choose.

About Jerry Milani

Jerry Milani is a freelance writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 30 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and now is the PR manager for FAN EXPO, which runs pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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