SEATTLE, Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, VICIS, Inc. officially announced the commercial availability of the ZERO1 YOUTH football helmet, the youth version of its top-rated ZERO1 model. Developed with the same scientific rigor and creativity as the flagship ZERO1, which ranked first in both 2017 and 2018's NFL/NFLPA Helmet Laboratory Performance Testing, the ZERO1 Youth is available for team and individual orders as VICIS continues its mission to protect athletes at all levels of play.
Like its varsity counterpart, the ZERO1 YOUTH features a deformable outer shell and unique columnar layer designed to slow impact forces like a car bumper. The helmet features a lightweight, compact design tailored to youth anatomies and offers the industry's widest field of view, allowing young players to see more of the field and react more quickly to potential impacts.
In conjunction with the availability of the ZERO1 Youth, VICIS announced the close of its $28.5M Series B, which includes an investment from All-Pro NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers through Rx3 Ventures.
"We invested in VICIS because its commitment to player safety – specifically at the youth level – is one we wanted to support," Rodgers said. "We look forward to working with VICIS as they continue to develop outstanding technologies for players at all levels."
In an effort to help youth football programs raise funds for the ZERO1 YOUTH and other protective equipment, VICIS and FundMyTeam are working together to help youth leagues raise funds for the ZERO1 YOUTH helmet on the FundMyTeam platform at a discounted rate.
"Our founding mission has been to protect kids," said Dave Marver, VICIS CEO and co-founder. "The ZERO1 YOUTH helmet is the only helmet designed from the ground up for young players and we are excited it is now available for order for the upcoming season."
For additional information about VICIS and the ZERO1, or to order a helmet for your player or team, visit www.vicis.com.
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, 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 recently launched its ZERO1 YOUTH helmet, the first football helmet truly optimized for kids. The company is funded and/or advised by several current and former NFL players, including Roger Staubach, Jerry Rice, Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith. For more information, visit www.vicis.com/.