CNBC broadcast live from the CHS Stadium on Sept. 16 as part of a special about the Riddell InSite helmet sensors used by the team.
Centerville High School's football program was in the national spotlight during last Friday’s “News with Shepard Smith” on CNBC.
On Sept. 16, the station broadcast live from the CHS Stadium as part of a special about the Riddell InSite helmet sensors that are used by the team to help prevent concussions and improve athlete safety. The special can be viewed at https://youtu.be/VjYlJ0-KA9k and was also shared with all NBC stations to air in the future.
According to Athletic Director Rob Dement, Bill's Donut Shop owner Lisa Elam partnered with Centerville Athletics in 2017 to help provide the funds to purchase the technology for all football helmets used in grades 9-12. Approximately 120 high school students play football at CHS.
The sensors collect and analyze data from on-field head impacts, allowing the football staff and trainers to monitor impacts and improve training techniques to better influence player behavior on the field.
“This has been an important tool for our program because safety has always been and always will be a top priority for us,” said CHS Head Varsity Football Coach Brent Ullery. “We take our player safety very seriously, and the Riddell InSite tool lets us have great conversations with our athletes about technique and the proper, safe ways to play football. We are also able to analyze if we are practicing correctly or if we have too much volume. We are constantly tweaking our practices and drills to make them safer and provide our athletes with the right skills to play our game and do so in the safest way possible.”
The coverage was coordinated by Centerville alumna Courtney Reagan, CNBC’s senior retail reporter.
“We are thankful to Ms. Reagan and CNBC for sharing this great story and showing that we can all work together to make football as safe as possible,” Dement said. “There is no way to guarantee 100 percent that football players will not be injured, but I am so thankful that we are able to provide this extra level of protection for our kids.”
Centerville High School is part of Centerville City Schools, which serve more than 8,200 students in Centerville and Washington Township in southwest Ohio, offering a variety of educational programs to a diverse student population. The district operates 13 school buildings, as well as two preschools and a bus facility with more than 120 school buses that transport students daily to public and non-public schools. Visit www.centerville.k12.oh.us for more information.