New at Petaluma High: Banners for helmets
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.
Petaluma High school’s new varsity football players — as well as the veterans — are safe and secure in new helmets this fall thanks to one woman’s initiative and the generosity of the Petaluma community.
Ann Reed, the driving force behind the effort to bring an athletic trainer and baseline testing for concussions to Petaluma High, began the drive for the new helmets after her son, an offensive lineman for the varsity Trojans, suffered a concussion in a pre-season scrimmage. His injury was not related to his helmet, but it did renew his mother’s interest in the issue of head injuries.
When she found out that Petaluma High needed new helmets, she went to work, initiating an effort to raise money through the sale of banners to be hung at Steve Ellison Field.
Petaluma High varsity football coach Rick Krist explained that helmets are required to be replaced every 10 years, but he felt it was time to replace the Trojan helmets. “We had helmets that were seven yeas old and I didn’t want to give them out,” he said.
Meanwhile, the injury to her son, while not helmet related, spurred Reed into action. “It started may wheels turning,” is the way she explained it.
She contacted local businesses and individuals and asked for donations specifically for new helmets. She didn’t have to ask twice.
“The response was overwhelming,” she said. “About 95 percent of the people I asked said they would love to be part of it (the project) the first time I asked,” she said. “Petaluma is such a great town. It makes me proud to be a member of this community.”
Funds from the sale of the banners will be used exclusively for helmets with proceeds from each banner enough to fund the purchase of two helmets.
So far, among those who have agreed to sponsor banners are Reed’s Trailer Sales, Skippy’s Egg Store, Sonja Markreiter Color Design, Beyond the Glory, Ramatici Insurance, Rivertown Feed, Shamrock Materials, Gulick’s Auto Body, Henris Roofing, Maselli & Sons, Mi Pueblo Restaurant, Bank of Marin, Basin Street Properties, Lace House Linen Supply, Exchange Bank, Romeo’s Pizza, Hansel Auto, Zephyr Pacific Sportswear, Golden State Lumber and Pure Luxury Limousine. Other sponsors include Dan and Carol Libarle, Clover Stornetta Farms and Bob and Elaine Singelton.
Reed said the banners will be up for the Trojans’ home game Friday night against Jefferson High School from Daly City Friday night.
This year, Petaluma has already purchased 30 new helmets, enough for the entire varsity team. Krist hopes to use the funds to continue to purchase helmets so that all the Trojan football players will have new helmets every three to four years.
Meanwhile, Reed’s efforts to get the school district to approve hiring an athletic trainer for both Petaluma and Casa Grande high schools and have all football players undergo baseline testing for concussions has already paid personal dividends. A trainer has been hired for both schools, although Petaluma’s trainer cannot begin until a background check has been completed. Casa Grande trainer Heather Campbell is already a teacher at the school with an up-to-date background check.
Petaluma has completed its baseline testing for concussions and Joey Reed’s baseline helped Campbell, who was the first to use the program in Sonoma County, determine that the athlete did indeed have a concussion. He hopes to be able to return to the field soon.
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