Officials from the University of Florida were making the rounds in the state capital Wednesday accepting congratulations for the Gators National Basketball Championship.
Lawmakers toasted the university with Gatorade, which was invented by Dr. Robert Cade in 1965 to help UF football players cope with heat and humidity at their home field, “the swamp.”
They also drank a toast to Dr. Cade, whose concoction has brought more than $80 million worth of royalties to the university.
“But let me just say Dr. Cade, it’s a great privilege for this legislative body, for this Senate, for this Tallahassee to recognize you for a lifetime of not just great research, but for a lifetime of good work. For all the things the university would be proud of, none would we be more proud of than your accomplishments and the spirit you have left us all with. Thank you very much,” toasts Sen. Rod Smith.
The University of Florida delegation also had a chance to meet with the governor, who offered his congratulations on the state’s first NCAA Basketball Championship.