In the News
August 09, 2019
In just three short weeks, high school football players from the El Paso area will take to the field for the start of the high school football season.
Players will try to put the focus back on football in the coming days, but they'll be doing it with heavy hearts following Saturday's deadly mass shooting at a Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall.
Riddell, a company that provides sports equipment to schools across the country, is hoping to help in the healing process by donating "El Paso Strong" decals to all El Paso area high schools.
August 08, 2019
After six years of wearing a helmet that didn't really match their uniforms, the Minnesota Vikings have finally decided to do something about it.
In an effort to satisfy all you fashion police out there, the Vikings have decided to slightly change their helmet color for 2019. The team will wear the new helmets for the first time on Friday in New Orleans, when they take on the Saints in their preseason opener.
The Vikings decided to make the change because in certain lighting situations -- most notably on TV -- the team's matte purple helmets didn't appear to match the purple on the rest of their uniform. To get the problem fixed, the Vikings got in touch with Riddell, who helped them develop a helmet that actually matched their uniform.
August 06, 2019
LISD is the only district in Laredo to be using Riddell helmets, which also operate as an InSite Training Tool.
The moment a serious head collision happens, that data is stored specifically to that person's helmet.
August 01, 2019
Widely known as a basketball town, Peoria is drawing national interest on the gridiron.
Two years removed from shattering IHSA offensive records and winning a Class 5A state championship, the Lions listened to Peyton Manning announce them as Riddell’s team of the future.
July 30, 2019
After a successful stop in the Bay Area last month, USA Football’s 2019 Protection Tour traveled 400 miles south on Saturday to the current home of the Los Angeles Chargers – Costa Mesa, Calif. – for a football-filled day of excitement and learning. The event was performed in conjunction with the opening week of Chargers training camp, with participants and their families being able to watch the team practice and get pictures and autographs from players before starting their own on-field activities.
July 26, 2019
A group of young Pontiac athletes received a major surprise on the field of Wisner Stadium on Thursday, July 25 when representatives from the Detroit Lions announced they would be donating $10,000 to the district’s high school football program. Just minutes beforehand, the children of Pontiac’s Dare to Dream football camp and Pontiac High School football players also learned that USA Football was donating $1,000 for equipment while the United Dairy Industry of Michigan was supporting a $3,000 chocolate milk grant for fall athletics programs.
July 25, 2019
A wall of red jerseys formed at midfield as Monroe High’s varsity football team lined up behind Trojan graduate Pat Sharrow. Sharrow, the football education coordinator for the Detroit Lions, has been hosting youth camps at Monroe High for the past six years, but something extra special was in store Thursday. Sharrow, representing the Lions along with former all-star receiver Herman Moore, presented the Trojan football program with a $10,000 donation as part of the Detroit Lions Charities ‘Touchdown in Your Town’ initiative. The team also received a donation of state-of-the-art helmets from football gear manufacturer Riddell, a $3,000 donation from the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, and another $1,000 grant from USA Football.
July 14, 2019
The American Christian Academy football program has made significant advances over the last 15 years, rising from Class 1A to Class 4A. Last week the team announced another advance, this one in player safety. The school has invested in Riddell’s Insite Training Tool (ITT) technology, software embedded in the players’ helmets that allows the team to monitor the hits each player sustains. The cost is $100 to $200 more than a normal helmet, according to ACA head coach Chris Smelley, and the school purchased enough for 65 players.
July 11, 2019
When your child gets ready to hit the football field, either for practice or a game, generally the last piece of equipment to be put on is the most important and that’s the helmet. Whether it’s a helmet that the program or school distributed or it’s a helmet that you purchased for your child, there is certainly a story as to how that helmet made its journey from its inception to being on your child’s head.
July 03, 2019
The Detroit Lions concluded their four-day stop at Lake City High School on Wednesday as part of their 2019 summer fundamentals camp for youth players. More than 100 campers were in attendance for Wednesday’s event that featured former Lions wide receiver great Herman Moore.