ESPN Features CIA Basketball Team in Humorous Segment

Hyde Park, NY – While a trip to the Final Four is not in their immediate future, the basketball team at The Culinary Institute of America recently received national recognition from ESPN. The Steels were the focus of a feature that aired on the network’s flagship program, SportsCenter, on February 23 and 24. Fan correspondent Reese Waters and a production crew had earlier spent two days on the CIA’s New York campus to tape “Basketball and Beignets.”

Waters spoke with players, coaches, and fans about the quirky aspects of fielding athletic teams at the CIA—with long class days and students leaving for externship or graduating in the middle of a season—while dispelling myths about cooks and bakers not being athletic and “in shape.” The segment ran three minutes, and aired several times.

During the ESPN visit, one player working Saturday lunch service in the American Bounty restaurant on campus had to run to the gym in his chef whites and change into his uniform to join his teammates who had already begun their warm-up drills for the game.

The Steels—named for the tool chefs use to sharpen their knives—won their games against Pratt Institute and The Cooper Union while ESPN was on campus, and finished the season with a 7-8 record. Watch the video >

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ESPN correspondent Reese Waters with CIA students. The sports network featured The Culinary Institute of America in a segment that aired on SportsCenter on February 23 and 24, 2016. (Photo credit: Courtesy ESPN)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to driving leadership development for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, world cuisines & cultures, and professional excellence & innovation. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network of 48,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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