History of Gatorade

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Gatorade was invented in 1965 when the coaches at the University of Florida approached the science department to develop a hydrating beverage. Learn how Gatorade was named after the Florida Gators football team with information from a wine specialist in this free video on Gatorade.

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Hello again. Hey, here's a fun little piece of beverage trivia for you. Back in 1965, one of the assistant coaches at the University of Florida from their football program approached the researchers in the science department to try and find out some way to keep his players hydrated during hot weather workouts and extreme time. After a period of research and development, they came up with an idea that we've come to know and love as Gatorade named after the Florida Gators football team. By the next season, 1966, there was such a marked improvement in athletic performance that they began to experiment using this with other fields such as basketball and tennis and track and field. Nowadays, pretty much every professional sports league uses Gatorade as part of its training regiment. Gatorade is available from concentrate formula where you can mix up large batches from powder. It's also available in individual bottles as well as quart sized bottles and flavor covers every color in the rainbow and every flavor imaginable. All it take is one level teaspoon of Gatorade concentrate in a quart of water to keep you hydrated for one entire grueling afternoon of outdoor football or touch frisbee or tackle frisbee or any other activity that you might find yourself in.

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