Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct the spelling of the Riddell helmets.
The Grapevine High School varsity football team has no concussions for the team’s 2018 season.
Mike Alexander, the school’s head football coach, said it is uncommon for a varsity team playing three rounds deep in the playoffs, as the GHS team did this season, to report zero concussions. He credited this in part to a $25,000 donation from Classic Chevrolet for Riddell SpeedFlex helmets to the varsity team.
“All of those kids wearing those new helmets were concussion-free,” Alexander said. “That’s a huge win for Grapevine High School. It’s a win for football.”
This donation came on the heels of new University Interscholastic League rules that changed how coaches teach tackling to protect against concussions.
Alexander is also involved with a two-year plan to raise $30,000 to provide all the Grapevine High School football players with these helmets.
The booster club is accepting donations to help raise money for this mission.
To donate, visit www.ghsmustangs.com and select the “Donate” tab.
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