Blog Action Day 2010: Water

I am proud to announce that this is the fourth consecutive year that we are participating in Blog Action Day.  When we first started posting about causes back in 2007, we were one of the few voices in the sports blogosphere to do so.  Four years later, not much has changed.  This is one of the many ways we aim to spread awareness of problems that affect the world.  Together, we can all make a change for the better.

This year’s topic is water.  Water can be the fuel of life or cause death.  Almost a billion people don’t have access to clean water.  Every week, 42,000 people die from unsafe water.  Clean water could become the scarcest resource of the 21st century.

What if athletes in America did not have access to clean water?  It would lead to increased death due to dehydration.  Athletes may experience flushing, low endurance, rapid heart rates, elevated body temperatures, and rapid onset of fatigue due to a lack of water.

In Africa, that is something that many people have to be concerned about.  The access to clean water is not guaranteed in all parts of the world.  Let’s make sure to remember that when we consume and use water for other purposes in the future.  There are people much less fortunate than us who need water to survive.  We take it as something that is guaranteed.  Take nothing for granted.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.