The story behind the tent on Alabama’s football sideline

Daily News Article - January 11, 2016


NOTE: Today’s Daily News Article is a human interest news story. Human interest stories differ from the regular news – they are sometimes referred to as “the story behind the story.”

The major news articles of the day tell of important happenings. Human interest stories tell of how those happenings have impacted the people or places around the story. These stories take a break from the more serious news material to highlight something light or funny, something unusual and often something inspiring.

1. a) Who had the idea for the collapsible tent that will be used by medical trainers in tonight’s Alabama vs. Clemson game?
b) What problem were they addressing? Be specific.

2. Who actually developed the tent?

3. a) What is a prototype?
b) What potential does this prototype have for the future?

4. What assistance did the University give the students and Mr. Allen regarding eventually selling their product?

5. Read the “Background” and watch the videos in “Resources” below the questions. How does this story inspire you?

Optional: Do an internet search to learn who/how/why Gatorade was developed.