History of Gatorade

Gatorade, the iconic sports drink, was created in 1965 by a team of researchers at the University of Florida led by Dr. Robert Cade, to help the university's football team combat dehydration and electrolyte loss during games. Originally dubbed 'Gatorade' after the school's mascot, the drink gained popularity for its ability to replenish fluids and electrolytes lost through sweat. In 1967, the Stokely-Van Camp company bought the rights to Gatorade, and its widespread commercialization began. Over the decades, Gatorade has become synonymous with hydration in sports, expanding its product line and global reach, and is now owned by PepsiCo.