Vicis, a Seattle company that makes cutting-edge protective football headgear, will be providing five prominent Seattle-area football programs with Its Zero1 Youth helmet, the company announced.
The five programs will be equipping their full team rosters with the specially designed football helmet starting with the 2019/20 season. Those programs are as follows: the Bellevue Junior Wolverines, Mercer Island Football, Eastside Crusaders Junior Football, the Eastlake Youth Football Association and Everett Junior Wildcats Football.
The Zero1 Youth helmet is engineered for young players and designed to protect against the impacts they face on the playing field.
“The Zero1 Youth features a deformable outer shell and unique columnar layer designed to slow impact forces like a car bumper,” the company says. “The helmet's lightweight, compact design is tailored to youth anatomies and offers the industry's widest field of view, allowing young players to see more of the field and react more quickly to potential impacts.”
Vicis’ inaugural product was the Zero1 football helmet, unveiled in 2017 and ranked first in 2017 and 2018 NFL/NFLPA Helmet Laboratory Performance Testing. The Zero1 helmet is now in use by more than 150 professional and college teams as well as some 1,200 high school football programs across the country.
Vicis also is attracting investors who have a big stake in the game, including NFL quarterbacks Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers.
Both quarterbacks invested in the company’s $30 million Series B fundraising round through Orange County-based RX3 Ventures, Vicis announced earlier this year. It was the second investment in the company by Smith and Rodgers. As of this past February, Vicis had raised more than $85 million.