SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- If you thought you saw a familiar local face in Gatorade TV ads during the Red Sox-Yankees game on ESPN last name, you were right. Former Union Catholic track star and 2016 Olympic hurdler Sydney McLaughlin is featured in a current series of Gatorade ads entitled, "Ready to Play Anything," that celebrate the return of sports.
In the last few months, athletes have been excited about getting back out there and playing anything. If you’re Ready to Play, then McLaughlin, Phillies slugger Bryce Harper, NBA rookie phenom Zion Williamson, Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley, and WNBA star Elena Delle Donne are right there with you. Because athletes are ready to play and compete, no matter what the sport.
McLaughlin, who turns 21 on August 7, was America's youngest competitor at the 2016 Rio Olympics as a 16-year-old high school student. She competed for a year at the University of Kentucky and won the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division I Championships in 2018 before turning pro. The 2016 and 2017 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year likely would have competed for the 2020 U.S. Olympic team in Tokyo this month had the games not been postponed until next year.
Meanwhile, the 400-meter hurdler is one of the most marketable female athletes in sports. She signed with talent agency William Morris and has deals with Gatorade and New Balance.