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Riddell and Good Sports Help Youth Football Players Nationwide Get In the Game

1,000 New Riddell Helmets Donated to Organizations in Need

CHICAGO–Good Sports, a national non-profit, and Riddell Sports, the Official Helmet of the National Football League®, are bringing smiles to thousands of kids across the country with their donation of 1,000 new Riddell Revolution Speed football helmets. Nearly 2,000 youth will benefit from this initiative including programs in Arkansas, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas and West Virginia. The donation is part of Riddell’s commitment to protecting athletes through innovative technology.

“This is especially important in football, where properly equipping a team can be too costly for all kids to be able to play.”

Across the country, many youth football programs are struggling to provide proper equipment to the children who participate in their programs. Some have too many kids to support while others have financial constraints. Riddell’s football helmet donation will benefit a dozen programs nationwide including the Chicago Youth Sports Association (located on the Southside of Chicago), Arkansas Christian Youth Athletic League (Little Rock, AR) and Texas Women and Children’s Advocacy Services (Dallas).

All 1,000 helmets being donated are Riddell Revolution Speed helmets—one of the company’s most technologically-advanced helmets. The donation will help recipient organizations get one step closer to outfitting their players this season.

“Riddell is pleased to see so many communities benefit from this effort. It’s our hope that this donation will help kids be more physically active while enjoying the game of football,” said Dan Arment, President, Riddell. “The pure enthusiasm and joy for the game exhibited by these kids, and the coaches who so generously volunteer their time to instruct them, proves that football is thriving across the country. We couldn’t be happier to support the effort in helping these kids as they continue to grow.”

“Thanks to generous partners like Riddell we are able to provide disadvantaged youth with opportunities to participate in athletic activities with the proper equipment—a critical component of supporting healthy, active lifestyles for young people,” said Melissa Harper, CEO, Good Sports. “This is especially important in football, where properly equipping a team can be too costly for all kids to be able to play.”

About Riddell

Founded in 1929, Riddell is a premier designer and developer of protective sports equipment and a recognized leader in helmet technology and innovation. One of Easton-Bell Sports Inc.’s most well-known brands and the Official Helmet of the NFL®, Riddell is the leading manufacturer of football helmets, shoulder pads and reconditioning services (cleaning, repairing, repainting and recertifying existing equipment). For more information, visit our website at http://team.riddell.com, like the Riddell Facebook page, or follow Riddell on Twitter @RiddellSports.

About Good Sports

Good Sports helps to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports is able to get the necessary equipment into the hands of the kids that need it most, giving them a chance to get in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided over $6 million worth of equipment to nearly 750 youth programs, impacting more than 400,000 kids. For more information on how you can support Good Sports, please visit www.goodsports.org.

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