DETROIT, January 14, 2021 - Xenith, the Detroit-based innovative football equipment company, and the Detroit Sports Commission (DSC) have partnered to announce the inaugural Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic Scholarship.
The $1,000 scholarship is an action resulting from the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic Community Summit: Racial Inequality & Sport, which was held on Sept. 30, 2020. This event featured local community leaders and football coaches speaking on the critical need for courageous conversations on racial injustice and tangible change in Detroit-area communities.
“Xenith seeks to understand, elevate, and support our athletes on and off the field.” said Xenith CEO, Ryan Sullivan. “During the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic Community Summit both Xenith and the Detroit Sports Commission committed to specific follow-up actions. The Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic Scholarship is just one of those. On Monday, Jan. 18, we will also release a Toolkit to guide teams in holding courageous conversations on race and we will continue to use the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic platform to initiate change and address racial inequality.”
To qualify for the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic Scholarship Award, the applicant must be a current high school senior (graduating in the class of 2021); reside in Michigan, and identify as Black or African American. The award must be used for enrolled post-secondary education during the 2021-2022 academic year.
The application process requires the applicant to respond in a three-to-five minute, self-produced video to two questions on the topic of racial injustice:
How has sport helped you overcome and/or address barriers related to race?
How can sport be used to address issues of racial inequality in our community?
The Scholarship application is available at xenith.com/xpkcscholarship and opens today and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 15.
“We are proud to announce the inaugural Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic Scholarship and follow the substantive and important conversation from the community leaders and high school football coaches who spoke so passionately at the community summit event organized and hosted last fall,” said Dave Beachnau, Detroit Sports Commission Senior Vice President. “When we founded the event in 2005, our stated goal was to be inclusive and provide an opportunity for schools from all around Michigan to participate in a bowl-game like atmosphere at a college facility.”
The Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic, founded in 2005 as the premier season-opening high school football showcase in Michigan, was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. The 2021 event will be held on the opening week of high school football in Michigan at Wayne State University in accordance with public health and safety guidelines in place at that time. Match-ups and dates for the 2021 Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic will be announced at a later date.
Based in Detroit, Xenith creates top-rated football helmets, gear and apparel designed to elevate athletes to live their game. Their athlete-first design approach is backed by rigorous science, engineering, and innovation which transcends laboratory testing to address on-field needs. Xenith outfits the athlete from head to ankle in a suite of performance products for playing, training, and living.
All Xenith helmets are Five-Star rated on the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings, and in the “Top-Performing Group” of the NFL Lab Helmet Performance Testing. Xenith is committed to democratizing protection by making top-rated helmets, shoulder pads, and gear available at an equitable price point for anyone who wants to play football – from youth, to varsity, to the pros. To learn more about Xenith, visit xenith.com and follow on social media on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
About the Detroit Sports Commission
The mission of the Detroit Sports Commission is to market and sell metro Detroit as a premier destination for regional, national and international amateur sporting events. The DSC is a not-for-profit charitable organization, IRS 501 (C) (3), and a subsidiary of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB). For more information, visit detroitsports.org.