The National Football League, in addition to the players association and trainers, are funding a special laboratory dubbed the Korey Stringer Institute, which is named after the Minnesota Vikings player who passed away from heat stroke back in 2001.

The institute, which is a $700,000 heat lab, will research how the human body handles heat and humidity, according to NBC Connecticut. Scientists will study extreme heat in hopes of preventing things like heat stroke and illnesses related to heat in sports and in the military, for starters.

The project has also been named for Mission apparel, which is a sportswear apparel company with ties to professional athletes like Dwayne Wade, Serena Williams, Carli Lloyd, David Villa, and others. Mission designs clothing that optimizes athletic performance and helps athletes stay cool in extreme climatic conditions, so it makes sense that they're helping to develop new technology, and we're glad it's happening in Connecticut.

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