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Sherwood Foundation Buys Data-Tracking Helmets for District

Every OPS high school player will be outfitted with new Riddell Speedflex helmets.


When more than 900 Omaha Public Schools football players hit the gridiron this fall, they’ll have a new piece of equipment: a high-tech helmet that officials hope will be another line of defense in the battle against head injuries.

Every OPS high school player — from freshmen to varsity starters — will be outfitted with new Riddell Speedflex helmets that could help coaches and athletic trainers monitor the severity of the hits suffered by student-athletes.

Each of OPS’s seven high schools is being provided 130 helmets. At a cost of $400 each, the price tag equals $364,000. OPS Superintendent Mark Evans said Susie Buffett’s Sherwood Foundation paid for the helmets.

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