Texans Quarterback Matt Schaub was in Houston, I in New York, so when an 832 area code came up on my caller ID, I knew it could only be one person.
Matt Schaub, who is in Houston preparing for the 2010 season, is doing more than just working with his teammates, he's working with the community as well.
Schaub and Gatorade have teamed-up in a summer-long campaign to "Beat the Heat".
Through the campaign, Schaub, Gatorade, and other participants, will promote awareness, educate, and raise funds through heat-related charities.
Through their efforts, and that of the community, athletes and coaches can better recognize the risk factors and warning signs of heat illness, and undertsand the importance of hydrating properly before, during, and after practices, workouts, and games.
"We're going out and trying to educate parents and coaches in the community about how vital hydration is during the summer heat, and how important it is to the youth out there," says Schaub.
Schaub also pointed out that knowing how to re-hydrate properly isn't just for a specific age group, but for all levels of competition.
"It's become such a problem in America across all levels," says Schaub. "We're out here in Houston doing two-a-days, and it's so hot that we're always preached to replenish the fluids, and we all know it as professionals that it's part of out job to know the dangers, because we have to be ready to go mentally and physically at all times."
But re-hydration and fluid intake isn't the only thing going on in Houston, as the Texans are gearing up for what Schaub hopes to be the season they dethrone the reigning AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts.
"We definitely think we can," says Schaub when asked if he thinks the Texans can win the division. "It's a team we've played well."
"We haven't quite gotten over the hump against them, but we open up at home against them this year. They're a team where you have to really be on your game for 60-minutes, because if you give Peyton Manning and extra opportunity or two and he's going to make you pay, and we have got to make sure we take care of our business."
The Texans will definitely have to take care of business within the division if they have any hopes of reaching the playoffs this season, but something tells me Dallas won't be the only team from Texas with playoff aspirations come this December.
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