Starr’s Mill football players show off the new technologically-advanced football helmets the booster club was able to purchase thanks to a generous donation. (Staff Photos by Christopher Dunn)

When the Starr’s Mill Panthers gear up for the 2019 football season, they will be doing so with an extra bit of protection. 

Trandy Koth, a board member of the Starr’s Mill football booster club, approached the club to see what could be done to help prevent concussions, and she helped secure a grant from a family foundation. With the grant, the team was able to purchase some of the most technologically-advanced helmets for the players. They will have a complete set of white Riddell SpeedFlex shells, and most players will also have a silver SpeedFlex, along with other top-of-the line models. 

In a yearly study conducted by Virginia Tech, the Riddell SpeedFlex earned five stars in impact tests for its reduction in concussion risk. 

During practice they will also have an added layer of protection with the purchase of Guardian helmet caps. The soft-shell protective covers snap on over the helmet and help reduce the impact of collision. 

“The Koth family was gracious enough to provide a significant donation so that each player would have the safest helmet on the market,” said head football coach Chad Phillips.