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Visalia Unified School District in California to Equip All Varsity Football Players with VICIS ZERO1 Helmets


Visalia Unified School District in California to Equip All Varsity Football Players with VICIS ZERO1 Helmets

Visalia Unified Becomes First to Adopt Most Technologically Advanced Helmet District-Wide

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SEATTLE, July 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Visalia Unified School District announced today it will equip varsity football programs at all four of its High Schools with the VICIS ZERO1 helmet for the 2018 football season. The ZERO1 is the top ranked helmet in the National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) helmet performance testing and the 2018 Virginia Tech STAR Helmet Ratings.

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Visalia Unified's decision to equip Golden West, Redwood, Mt. Whitney and El Diamante High Schools in the ZERO1 is part of a larger commitment from high schools around the country to outfit student athletes with the most technologically advanced equipment. In the first half of 2018, over 1,000 high school programs and 120 professional and college teams have made a commitment to have players in the ZERO1 for the 2018 season.

The purchase of the ZERO1 helmets was made possible due to the support from a local business, Groppetti Automotive, and the Groppetti family, who have close ties to the community. 

"We are excited to be able to bring increased safety to our athletes through the technology integrated into these new VICIS helmets," Visalia Unified Superintendent Todd Oto, Ed.D, said. "We're always looking to equip our student-athletes with the most protective equipment and it's clear to us, that's the ZERO1."

Originally introduced to NFL and NCAA teams, the ZERO1 is now being worn by high school programs across the country for the 2018 season. The ZERO1 is the most technologically advanced helmet on the market, designed to reduce impact forces with a highly engineered structure that differs from traditional football helmets. The ZERO1 has a deformable outer shell and a unique columnar layer designed to slow impact forces like a car bumper.

"Our team has worked hard to bring ZERO1's breakthrough protective technology to high schools this season," said Dave Marver, VICIS CEO and co-founder. "The Visalia USD has shown great leadership in making a district-wide commitment to this technology and we are proud to help them protect their athletes and elevate their performance."

For additional information about VICIS and the ZERO1, or to reserve a helmet for your player or team, visit

VICIS is a Seattle-based company focused on sports protective technologies. Its inaugural product, the ZERO1 football helmet, launched in 2017 and ranked first in 2017 and 2018 NFL/NFLPA Helmet Performance testing, first in the 2018 Virginia Tech STAR Helmet Ratings, and was named one of TIME Magazine's 25 Best Inventions of 2017. VICIS was also named one of Fast Company's 2018 Most Innovative Companies. The company is funded and/or advised by several current and former NFL players, including Roger Staubach, Jerry Rice, Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, and Alex Smith. For more information, visit


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