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Gatorade Named Official Sports Drink of US Youth Soccer

February 22, 2007 09:00 PM

Gatorade is exclusive sports drink on US Youth Soccer national event sidelines


The United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) today announced its partnership with The Gatorade Company. The sponsorship designates Gatorade as the Official Sports Drink of US Youth Soccer, the nation’s largest youth sports organization, with over three million registered players ages five to 19. This is the first time that US Youth Soccer has entered into an agreement with Gatorade.

"Gatorade is excited to add US Youth Soccer to the long list of sports partners that have come to rely on our products to help their athletes compete at their highest levels,” said Rachel Mellott, Gatorade Sports Marketing.  “Optimal hydration and endurance are essential in soccer and, through our products and sports science institute, we look forward to assisting the world’s leading global sport in a variety of areas, such as athlete education, performance testing and the latest sports science research.”

Gatorade will be the excusive sports drink on US Youth Soccer sidelines. Their product will have a presence during the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) National tournaments and camps, and other US Youth Soccer events.

“We are very excited about welcoming Gatorade to the US Youth Soccer family,” said Larry Monaco, President of US Youth Soccer. “Gatorade will be a great partner and supporter of our organization working together to continue to offer excellent benefits to our membership.”

Gatorade kicked their sponsorship at the recently completed US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Region IV Camp in Las Vegas. US Youth Soccer ODP is viewed as the premier identification and development program for the nation’s youth seeking the opportunity to compete at the national and collegiate levels of play. Initially created in 1977 as the US Youth Soccer Select Team Program, US Youth Soccer ODP was formed to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team could be selected for international competition. A girls program was added to US Youth Soccer in 1985.

Gatorade will next be featured at the US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships on March 15-18 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. For more information about the US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships, please click here.

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About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit

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