October 14, 2020 - Xenith has joined forces with Move United to support the inaugural season of the USA Wheelchair Football League.
The USA Wheelchair Football League is launching in four cities across the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Mo., Phoenix, and Los Angeles. The first of its kind football league for adults with physical disabilities, the USA Wheelchair Football League is made possible in part by an NFL-BWF Salute to Service partnership to provide a 'Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community' grant. As a part of this partnership, Xenith has donated Xenith X2E+ football helmets to each of the four founding teams of the league.
Wheelchair football is the newest team sport offered by Move United’s membership network, providing athletes with another avenue to fulfill their sports dreams. The League will kick off play in the Spring of 2021 with a calendar of clinics to introduce athletes across the country to the sport and a 10-week competitive season starting in the Fall.
Fans of the game will notice a few rule changes when the wheelchair football teams take the field, including a shorter field size (60 yards), a running game clock, and removal of special teams. These adaptations help athletes in the USA Wheelchair Football League provide all of the hard-hitting, fast-paced action football fans enjoy.
“We needed a helmet as rugged and resilient as our athletes, and we found that with Xenith,” said Glenn Merry, Move United Executive Director. “We are excited for Xenith to join our team, driving adaptive athletes to reach their full potential and redefine ability on the football field.”
"It is an honor to partner with the USA Wheelchair Football League and to help provide this group of exceptional athletes with helmets," said Ryan Sullivan, Xenith CEO. "At Xenith, our mission is to elevate the athlete’s pursuit both on and off the field. Outfitting the USA Wheelchair Football League in our top-performing helmets could not be a better opportunity for us to do just that, and we look forward to working together for years to come."
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 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.
Xenith sees football as a force for good in the community, and executes this vision with passion, purpose, and pride. For more information, please visit xenith.com.
About the USA Wheelchair Football League
The USA Wheelchair Football League provides a competitive, fast-paced, team sport for adults with disabilities to reach their highest potential. The first of its kind football league for adaptive athletes, the League brings together all the passion and excitement athletes have for the game of football with experienced coaches who bring out the best in their athletes. Starting in four cities in 2020, the League will expand across the United States providing more opportunities for athletes and coaches to grow their skills and their love for football. The USA Wheelchair Football League is made possible in part by an NFL-BWF Salute to Service partnership to provide a 'Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community' grant. Get off the sidelines and get into the game at usawfl.org.
About Move United
Move United is the national leader in community adaptive sports, empowering 100,000 youth and adults with disabilities each year to live to their fullest potential. Move United’s 200 member organizations in 43 states are united by a single mission: ensuring everyone, regardless of ability, experiences the life-changing power of sports and is fully included in their community.
Established in 1956, Move United is a Member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to become physically and emotionally stronger through participation in more than 50 adaptive sports. Move United offers community-based sports recreation, education and competition that pushes people further, brings people closer and leaves no one on the sidelines. Join our Movement at www.moveunitedsport.org.