RACINE, Wis., June 2, 2017 – SC Johnson, the maker of trusted household products like Glade®, Raid®, Scrubbing Bubbles® and Ziploc®, today announced the donation of $7,500 to Racine-based Helmets to Heal, a nonprofit that provides young athletes with safety education and equipment with the goal of reducing the risk of concussions.
“Football equipment can be expensive, and we want to provide quality, safe helmets so Racine youth have a chance to play,” said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President - Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. “We’re proud to support Helmets to Heal. This donation helps foster a safer environment on the field and good sportsmanship in Racine.”
The company’s donation provided 26 helmets and 250 King-Devick Tests to Racine Youth Sports. The K-D Test is a quick and objective tablet-based assessment which has been validated as an effective sideline concussion-screening test for children as young as five years old.
Helmets to Heal was founded in 2016 by former Racine Horlick High School assistant football coach Kyle Oppenheimer; he now functions as the organization’s executive director.
“After being involved with youth sports for a number of years and seeing participation numbers decrease significantly, I felt like it was time to change the culture,” said Oppenheimer. “It is Helmets to Heal’s goal to provide our youth with better helmets and instill a more active concussion protocol to minimize risk of injury.”
So far, Helmets to Heal has provided 76 Xenith Epic Varsity helmets to football players at four Racine football programs. Along with donating helmets, Helmets to Heal has provided 250 King-Devick Tests, sideline concussion screening, with the goal of determining head trauma and concussion early on.
For more information on Helmets to Heal, visit www.helmetstoheal.com
SC Johnson works to make lives better in the communities in which it does business. Since 1937, the company has given 5 percent of all pretax profits to charities - areas of giving include: community and economic development; education; environment and sustainability; social services; health and wellness; and art, culture and the humanities.
About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 131-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com