Zusi helps Gatorade launch Beat the Heat

Photos by Gatorade/Daniel Perales

Graham Zusi teamed up with Gatorade on Monday to help launch the company's Beat the Heat educational campaign while visiting a soccer camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Zusi, a Florida native, delivered an on-field talk about maintaining peak performance during the hot summer months and also participated in drills with the youth players.

In its ninth year, Gatorade Beat the Heat aims to raise awareness among athletes, parents and coaches on how proper hydration can help reduce heat-related illnesses during athletic activity. Click here to download the 2013 Heat Safety Kit, courtesy of Gatorade. And be sure to check out this link as SB Nation's Ben Gartland caught up with Zusi for a Q&A about the opportunity.

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