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Gatorade's Birthplace Historical Marker

 

Location of sign - W. University Ave and Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville, Florida

 

Photo taken- January 2008

 

Gatorade's Birthplace Historical Marker

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne

 

Text of sign:

 

Gatorade's Birthplace

 

Gatorade, the sports drink that started an industry, was invented at the UF College of Medicine by a team of researchers led by

Dr. Robert Cade.  Gatorade was first field tested in a football scrimmage near this site and was first used in an October 1965 

Gator victory.  The invention was prompted by concern about the effects of heat on the human body.  After collecting fluid samples

from UF football players, Cade and his colleagues realized the players' electrolytes were out of balance and their blood sugar was

low.  They developed a drink containing salts and sugars that quickly replaced lost nutrients and improved performance.  The 

product soon attracted international attention and is used by athletes worldwide.


University of Florida Historical Marker 2007 

 

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