Northwest Guilford receives funding from local businesses for NWG Football Helmets

Posted by Andy Durham on September 9, 2011 at 11:41 am under High School | Read the First Comment

The Northwest Guilford High School athletic department is proud to announce that
three local businesses with personal ties to the Northwest football program have
contributed funds to allow the athletic program to purchase high quality football
helmets to help prevent head injuries. Through the generous contributions of Hilco
Transport, Kernersville Chrysler Dodge, and Berico Fuels, the current and future
players at Northwest High will be getting state of the art protective football
helmets similar to what local college teams use.

Gurney and Jon Long of Hilco Transport, along with former Northwest High football
player and current varsity boys basketball coach Lee Reavis, began to contact other
local businesses with ties to Northwest football to raise money to purchase new
helmets. This was brought on after reading the article in the Greensboro News and
Record on May 11th that referenced football helmet safety and new, safer helmets
being used at the college level. In addition, there has been a lot of media and
statewide attention focused on head injuries and concussions in high school football
culminating with the North Carolina state legislature passing the Gfeller-Waller
Concussion Law in June.

Stepping up to help were Hilco Transport and the Long family, Kernersville Chrysler
Dodge with Tim and Blake Mitchell and Berico Fuels with Tom Berry. Gurney Long
(NWHS alumnus), Jon Long (NWHS class of 2003), Blake Mitchell (NWHS Class of 2003),
and Will Berry (NWHS class of 2001, Tom’s son) were all outstanding student athletes
at Northwest High and standout members of the Viking football team.

The unselfish contributions of these businesses have undoubtedly helped the current
and future Viking football players have a safer experience playing football. The
Northwest High School administration, athletic department, and football booster club
would like to extend our gratitude to these local busniesses for their support of
our football student athletes.

John Hughes
Northwest Guilford High School
Athletic Director

  • Grey said,

    Kudos to the NW Athletic Department for driving this initiative, and to the impressive contributions by these businesses. Great collaboration on such a critical safety need for these young men.