Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett and Liquid I.V.'s Sean Lavin join Yahoo Finance to discuss their plan to provide water to areas in need through out the U.S.
EMILY MCCORMICK: Welcome back. Liquid IV is teaming up with the NFL Waterboys to install clean water-filling stations in schools in rural communities, from Pennsylvania to Michigan and Texas. Here to discuss is Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns defensive end, and Sean Lavin, Liquid IV president of mission, innovation, global sustainability, and give back. Myles, I'll start with you, and thank you both so much for your time this afternoon, because what some may not realize is that when you're not on the field, you're also a team captain of the NFL Waterboys, helping spearhead this work. Tell us about this role and how you first became involved.
MYLES GARRETT: I first became involved as a rookie. I got in contact with Chris Long and he told me he wanted to partner with me, liked my game, he liked my personality, and felt like I was a good fit. And, you know, just something I'd always wanted to do with, you know, being able to get back to, you know, countries that were in need and he kind of educated me in letting me know that, you know, all countries are in need, even our own. And showed me the impact that I could have by being a spokesperson for this and a leader in this field. And trying to kind of, you know, down the road, give me the reins and now guiding me along the way.
ADAM SHAPIRO: Myles, just so you know-- former East Sider here, Cleveland Heights, and I lived there three years. I got to Cleveland three years after you were born, so it's good to have you here. Love Cleveland, but I got to go to Sean on this question. When we talk about water resources worldwide, so many of us who might be older think of things overseas, and yet the issue of clean water is right here in our own backyard, isn't it?
SEAN LAVIN: Yeah. I mean, that's absolutely true. You know, sometimes the big focus has always been international. Water wells, all of that globally, which is absolutely serious and true. But what we really haven't thought about is that over two million Americans here in the United States don't have access to clean water. And we're even talking about over hundreds of thousands of students, as well, across the country. So, that's actually a huge, huge concern and this is something that Waterboys and Liquid IV really are looking to-- we're partnering for that very reason-- to resolve.
EMILY MCCORMICK: Sean, why was the NFL Waterboys, do you think, the best partner to work on this mission and on this project throughout the country?
SEAN LAVIN: Yeah, well, you know, Liquid IV, first of all is a purpose-driven company and we're a hydration product, first and foremost. So, obviously, our whole business orientation is around hydration and helping those in need. Then you take something like Waterboys, the organization itself has a very, very, very similar mission and it just made a lot of sense, because we both believe that everyone should have access to clean water, simple as that. And Myles, by the way, is also an ambassador with Liquid IV and so we know not only his work, but obviously, as a professional athlete, how critical and important hydration is. So the synergy was already set in stone.
ADAM SHAPIRO: Myles, we're going to keep talking about the importance of the work you're doing, but we have to get into a quick football question. You know, two games this week-- the extra game. Is this asking too much of players, especially when you talk about hydration and the way bodies have to recover?
MYLES GARRETT: I mean, that was my opinion when it came up for the new bargaining agreement. I think 16 was good. I think we had found a good number. And now we're adding one more and depending on the success of this it looks like we're going to add another after that. And I think we have to, you know, think about the safety of guys. You know, not only their bodies beneath our shoulders but, you know, what's within our helmets.
You know, these guys have to be able to take care of their families and have a long life to live after football. And that's just more wear and tear that's going on in our bodies and more tax that we're putting on ourselves. And, you know, at the end of the day, we love putting on a show for the fans and love being out there and playing the game, but, you know, I think the effects and the result of what's going to happen from adding extra games will be seen and hopefully it's not too bad.
EMILY MCCORMICK: Sean, I'll give you the last word here. I'm wondering with this new partnership between Liquid IV and Waterboys, where do you want to see this go from here?
SEAN LAVIN: Well, you know, first of all, the first thing we're doing is focusing on four rural communities whose schools have been affected, or at least identified, of having contamination issues. And that Scranton, Pennsylvania, Benton Harbor in Michigan, Ben Bolt in Texas, as well as Riviera, Texas. So we're starting there. You know, we always have to start with somewhere knowing that the product-- the project itself is quite vast. And so we feel that if we're going to be able to make a difference to 12,000 students-- at least that, just to start-- that's going to kind of inspire, which is what we're hoping for, others to take on what we're trying to do, which is end this type of scenario where people just don't have access to clean water. And so if we have to spearhead it, we will, with our partner, Waterboys
EMILY MCCORMICK: All right, we'll leave it there for now. Sean Lavin, Liquid IV vice president of mission, innovation, global sustainability, and give back, and Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns defensive end, thank you both so much for your time this afternoon.