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VICIS and the National Football Foundation Announce New Sponsorship
Partnership highlights pioneering efforts to enhance player safety.
Published: 6/9/2016 11:00:00 AM

IRVING, Texas (June 9, 2016) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that VICIS, manufacturer of the revolutionary ZERO1 football helmet designed to reduce head impacts, will be the presenting sponsor of NFF Chalktalk. The NFF has distributed this highly popular weekly eNewsletter to the amateur football community since 2006.

“We are extremely pleased to announce VICIS as the presenting sponsor of NFF Chalktalk,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We developed NFF Chalktalk more than a decade ago to spread the word about all the great things happening in amateur football. VICIS’ goal to protect football players of all ages fits perfectly with Chalktalk. We get an opportunity to shine a light on their player safety efforts while they support our endeavors to highlight the good in the game. It’s a classic win-win situation.”

VICIS (pronounced VYE-sis) was founded in 2013 by a team of scientists, neurosurgeons, and engineers. The VICIS ZERO1 is a completely reimagined football helmet, including an outer layer that yields upon impact like a car bumper, and a unique columnar layer that slows impact forces. The ZERO1 will initially be worn in competition by elite athletes in the NFL and NCAA. The company plans to launch a helmet for youth players in the future.

“The NFF brings attention to the character-building potential of football and the game’s many inspiring personal stories,” said Dave Marver, CEO of VICIS. “We are honored to collaborate with NFF to support Chalktalk, combining our innovation mindset with their rich tradition and devotion to football.”

As an NFF presenting sponsor, VICIS will have high visibility during NFF events, including the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, which will take place Dec. 6 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. As the culmination of the regular season, the event will provide the stage for the induction of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class; the presentation of the 2016 NFF Major Awards and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments; and the bestowing of the 27th NFF William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments, to the nation’s top scholar-athlete.

This year’s College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Marlin Briscoe (Nebraska Omaha), Derrick Brooks (Florida State), Tom Cousineau (Ohio State), Randall Cunningham (UNLV), Troy Davis (Iowa State), William Fuller (North Carolina), Bert Jones (LSU), Tim Krumrie (Wisconsin), Pat McInally (Harvard), Herb Orvis (Colorado), Bill Royce (Ashland [Ohio]), Mike Utley (Washington State), Scott Woerner (Georgia), Rod Woodson (Purdue) and coaches Bill Bowes (New Hampshire) and Frank Girardi (Lycoming [Pa.]).

The 2016 NFF Major Awards recipients include Chancellor of the University of Texas System and retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral William H. McRaven (NFF Distinguished American Award), College Football Hall of Fame coach and AFCA Executive Director Emeritus Grant Teaff (NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award), U.S. Naval Academy Athletics Director Chet Gladchuk (NFF John L. Toner Award for excellence in athletics administration), the Voice of the Washington Huskies Bob Rondeau (NFF Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting), and the yet-to-be announced recipients of the NFF Gold Medal and the NFF Legacy Awards.

VICIS was created in 2013 to develop an improved football helmet. The company leverages technology initially developed at University of Washington. VICIS investors include several prominent spine and neurological surgeons, current and former NFL players, the W Fund, Alliance of Angels, angelMD and Trilogy Equity Partners. VICIS founders are Per Reinhall, PhD, Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at University of Washington; Samuel Browd, MD, PhD, Pediatric Neurosurgeon and Medical Director of the Sports Concussion Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital; and Dave Marver, CEO and veteran of the medical technology industry. For more information, visit

About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at

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