An article in today’s Simi Valley Acorn reports that football officials at Grace Brethren High School, a ministry of Grace Church, Simi Valley, Calif. (Jordan Bakker, pastor), is securing the newest football helmets on the market in order to reduce brain injuries. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article. Grace Church is a part of the Charis Fellowship (Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.)
Grace Brethren football to play with new helmets
When it comes to player safety, no price is too steep. Grace Brethren High will pay nearly $60,000 to buy 65 of the newest football helmets on the market, the VICIS ZERO1, a $950 helmet that’s designed to reduce impact to the brain. The helmet was released for college and pro teams last year, but it’s available for high school players for the first time this fall.
“When we saw this helmet . . . wow,” said Grace Brethren head coach Josh Henderson. “I really believe it’s a revolutionary helmet. I’ve never seen anything like it.
“The money behind it’s not easy, but it’s much more feasible than you would believe.”
The Lancers’ deal with VICIS, a Seattle-based company, is to pay $58,900 over the next six years. Henderson said each helmet is guaranteed to last 10 years.
Public school teams at Simi Valley and Royal will not play in ZERO1 helmets this season. In fact, no other team in Ventura County has these helmets yet.
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