In the News
September 13, 2017
Julie Unruh / WGN News
When a high school with limited resources excels in the classroom and in sports, people take notice, people in high places and even people with super star status.
Bronzeville's Wendell Phillips Academy was shut down in 2010 for poor academic performance. It reopened with an entirely new staff. Seven years later, 100 percent of the high school seniors were accepted to college. Students last year received $12.5 million in scholarship money.
But there's more. They play a mean game of football.
August 18, 2017
Kat / Generations of Savings
As a sports mom I am often asked about how much it costs or how much time does it take in a way that seems like people think it's not worth it. Let me tell you that it is worth every single penny I spent and every second I watch my children play or practice. It is worth every ounce of sweat from me carrying cases of snacks or drinks for the team or trying to keep up with my teenager when he wants to work out together. Its part of my family, its a part of my childhood. All of my sister's played sports and my dad always coached. I read but I always there. I never missed a game. I always knew I would grow up and be the same kind of parent. I wish all kids had that kind of supportive parents like my sisters and I had growing up. My dad really put his all into coaching and making the game fun and my mom always volunteered and tried to get grants to fix up the fields. Riddell is calling on players, coaches, parents and fans to take an active role in advancing the game through the Smarter Football Commitment. This initiative invites members of the football community at all levels to join in a movement to create a safer, better sport through the use of “smarter” tactics on and off the field.
August 17, 2017
Kasey / All Things Mamma
Football is a way of life in our family. From watching football on TV, in person and playing it, my boys can’t get enough! Even though we love football, we play smart! Football is no longer about being the fastest or strongest on the field; it’s about being the smartest, on and off the field. The game is relying more on science and technology to help evolve players into elite athletes with the implementation of sensor, cooling/heating and grip technologies.
August 17, 2017
Rachel Mouton / Acadiana's Thrifty Mom
Football season is here and I’m not talking about the NFL. It is that time of year when moms everywhere cringe in excitement. If you have a son who loves the game, you know what I mean. You’re excited he gets to reconnect with all of his football friends and play the game he loves, but you cringe at the thought of injuries. I was so excited when I got an email from Riddell inviting me to discuss their new campaign to help make football safer for all of our favorite little guys, by teaching them about playing smarter.
August 16, 2017
Mike Klawitter / The McFarland Thistle
The McFarland High School football program this season will be using a new device that provides information on head impacts that occur in practices and games.
Riddell Sports has developed InSite, a device installed inside a player’s helmet that offers data to coaches and athletic trainers on head impacts if the player reaches a certain research-based threshold.
August 16, 2017
Joe Cook / WLTX 19
It seems that the South Carolina football team could be one of the premiere programs in player safety and health awareness when it comes to football.
A couple USC players are taking the next step. Senior linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams and sophomore wide receiver Bryan Edwards will be sporting custom made helmets by Riddell this season.
Riddell approached USC and the players to try their prototypes. These helmets have padding that is molded and fitted specifically to the size and shape of their heads after some cranium scans. It's to help reduce impacts and prevent concussions.
August 15, 2017
Erin Duffy / Omaha World-Herald
Bellevue is the latest school district to receive a donation of “smart” football helmets that include hit-monitoring sensors.
A donation from businessmen John Hassett of Bellevue Keno and Darwin Hanssen of DJ’s Dugout will allow the district to buy 218 Riddell helmets with the InSite Impact Response System for both the Bellevue West and Bellevue East High School football teams.
August 14, 2017
Tom Perry / Marietta College
As Marietta College’s football players gathered on the third floor at Don Drumm Stadium, you could hear the “oohhs” and “aahhs” as they got their first glimpse of the new football helmets.
“These are pretty sweet,” said senior running back Roger Walker, who rushed for 1,292 yards last season. “Everyone loves to get new equipment, but these helmets are something else. They signify that we are moving forward as a football team.”
Marietta College’s football program has adopted Riddell’s five-star-rated SpeedFlex helmet, which is equipped with the InSite Impact Response System — the latest in head impact monitoring technology.
Marietta is the only NCAA Division III program in Ohio to provide this helmet to every player on the roster. Division I programs like Ohio State and Texas are also using these helmets.
August 14, 2017
Tom Miller / Grand Forks Herald
Football teams at every level are starting practice this month and the topic of the sport's ties to brain injuries is a more prevalent subject than ever before.
For the first time in this region, two area high school football teams are using new technology to combat those safety concerns.
Stephen-Argyle and Clearbrook-Gonvick—Minnesota Section 8 9-man programs—are entering their first season utilizing Riddell InSite helmets, which feature a five-zone sensor in the liner of the helmet that measures a hit's impact severity and communicates statistics to a handheld monitor.
August 14, 2017
Josh Kendall / The Charlotte Observer
It seems like everyone who is not playing football is talking about CTE, but for the people in the locker room it comes up a lot less often.
“We live in the moment,” South Carolina linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams said. “Those things happen. You just have to be prepared for anything that happens. It’s not really something that comes up.”
That doesn’t mean they’re not doing anything about it. Allen-Williams is one of two Gamecocks who will be wearing a custom-padded, prototype helmet from Riddell this year.