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River Light FC Announces Optimum Nutrition as Official Sports Nutrition Provider

CHICAGO, May 17, 2023 – River Light FC is delighted to announce a new partnership with the world's #1 sports nutrition brand,1 Optimum Nutrition. Optimum Nutrition will serve as the soccer organization’s Official Sports Nutrition Partner.

This exciting partnership brings together two industry leaders with a shared commitment to excellence, performance, and the well-being of athletes.

As the Official Sports Nutrition Partner of River Light FC, Optimum Nutrition will provide the club's players with access to a wide variety of delicious, high-quality sports nutrition products, such as energy and hydration solutions and protein powders, including Gold Standard 100% Whey, the world's #1 selling whey protein powder1 that has fueled billions of workout recoveries worldwide. 

Commenting on the partnership, Jonathan Cannizzo, brand director at Optimum Nutrition, said, "We are thrilled to join forces with River Light FC as their Official Sports Nutrition Partner. At Optimum Nutrition, we are dedicated to empowering athletes to achieve their goals and perform at their best, and we see this partnership as an exciting opportunity to support the talented athletes of River Light FC on their journey to success."

River Light FC, is equally excited about the collaboration. Heather Bickerton, General Manager at River Light FC, expressed her enthusiasm, saying: "Partnering with Optimum Nutrition aligns perfectly with our vision for the club. We are constantly striving to provide our players with the best resources and support to excel on the field. With Optimum Nutrition's expertise and high-quality products, we are confident that our players will have the nutritional support they need to perform at the highest level."

This partnership represents a significant milestone for both River Light FC and Optimum Nutrition, underscoring their shared values and commitment to elevating the standard of sports nutrition in soccer.

For more information about Optimum Nutrition and its range of sports nutrition products, please visit

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About Optimum Nutrition®Part of Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Optimum Nutrition® is the world's #1 sports nutrition brand, producing a wide variety of delicious, high-quality nutritional food supplements and beverages to support an active and healthy lifestyle, including protein powders, ready-to-drink shakes and beverages, energy + hydration products, ready-to-eat bars, multivitamins and more. For over 35 years, Optimum Nutrition has set the standard for trusted products and proudly produces Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey™, which is universally recognized as the world's No. 1 selling1 whey protein powder. Optimum Nutrition products are sold in 100+ countries around the world and can be found in specialty and mass retail stores, gyms and fitness centers, and online retailers. For more information, visit and follow the brand on FacebookTikTokInstagram, and YouTube.

About Glanbia Performance NutritionGlanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN) is part of Glanbia plc, a better nutrition company headquartered in Ireland. As the world's #1 sports nutrition company, GPN's mission is to inspire people everywhere to achieve their performance and healthy lifestyle goals. GPN's leading sports and lifestyle nutrition brands include Optimum Nutrition®, think!®, Isopure®, Amazing Grass® SlimFast® and BSN®, among others. Visit to learn more and follow us on LinkedIn.

About River Light FC:

Making its debut in 2024, River Light FC is the latest club to join USL League Two. Based in Aurora, Illinois and the greater Fox Valley area, the team supports and celebrates soccer in a community passionate for the sport and hungry for a club to call their own. With both men’s and women’s teams, River Light FC makes their debut ready to train and inspire the next generation of home-grown soccer stars.


 1 Source: Euromonitor International Limited; Consumer Health 2024 Edition, Sports Nutrition category, %retail value shares, 2023 data.

2 Source: Euromonitor International Limited; Consumer Health 2023 edition and custom research conducted February – March 2023, Retail sales of Whey Protein Powder in 2022.


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