Donations exceed $10,000 for new football helmets; board okays buying last 10
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Response has been strong to a campaign by the Longhorn Booster Club to buy special football helmets that aid in prevention of concussions.
According to a report at last Tuesday’s school board meeting, the Boosters have raised over $10,000 in the fund-raiser.
While the club’s initial goal was to buy 20 Zenith X1 helmets, which cost about $350 apiece, the more than $10,000 raised will buy 30 of the helmets, said Supt. Matt Fisher at last week’s board meeting.
On a recommendation from Fisher, the school board then gave the okay to purchase an additional 10 helmets with school district funds.
Fisher said if a school buys 40 helmets, 10 are given free, so the Longhorns will have 50 helmets for the start of the 2011 season.
The helmets that had been in use by the team ran about $150 each, so moving to use of the Zenith X1 helmet represents considerable more cost, and will be an ongoing budget expense as they need to be replaced every 6 to 7 years.
But, Fisher added that Chase County’s team suffered a couple of concussions this past season. Concern is also growing nationally about the effects of concussions and efforts are increasing to help prevent them.
School Board President Charley Colton thanked the Booster Club for its efforts and success.