BCPS Partners with Jason Taylor Foundation, UKG and CAGEMASK to Protect Student Athletes from COVID-19
April 23, 2021
Spring football is getting ready to begin across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), and this season, high school players will have an additional layer of protection against COVID-19.
Thanks to partnerships with the Jason Taylor Foundation and UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), and discounted pricing from CAGEMASK, the District is providing CAGEMASKS for all high school football teams. Each high school team participating in the Broward County Athletic Association (BCAA) will receive 100 masks at no cost to its school or student athletes. This includes 29 District high schools, two charter schools and two private schools.
CAGEMASK is a plastic shield designed to easily attach to the inside of the player’s helmet – not worn on the face – so athletes can continue to breathe freely while reducing the potential for viral spread. In fact, according to CAGEMASK, recent testing shows the shields reduce 99.4% of the spread of viral particles. The shields are also clear, so they do not block athletes’ vision.
On Monday, April 26, 2021, at 4 p.m. representatives from the Jason Taylor Foundation, UKG and CAGEMASK will present CAGEMASKS to BCPS during the kickoff practice for spring football at Hollywood Hills High School (5400 Stirling Road, Hollywood). Media is invited to cover this event.
“We appreciate the opportunity to provide this extra layer of protection to our football players, as they prepare to start the new spring season,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “Sports programs have a tremendously positive impact on our students, and we’re grateful to each of the partners for their commitment to ensuring our athletes are as safe as possible.”
“As the father of three high school athletes and a football coach to many more, the safety and wellbeing of our young people is at the top of my priority list. This is why I’m excited to team up with our long-time community partner, UKG, to make CAGEMASK available to every BCAA football player,” said Jason Taylor, former Miami Dolphins All-Pro Defensive End and current member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “I was beyond impressed with the precautions and protocols Broward County Public Schools implemented last season in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our foundation and UKG both believe this initiative will help to support the overall commitment to student safety.”
“CAGEMASK is committed to keeping players safe. We are thrilled to partner with the Jason Taylor Foundation and UKG to outfit BCPS student athletes with our revolutionary, optically clear, no fog, medical grade plastic CAGEMASKS, so athletes can play safe with no impairment to vision or breathing,” said Keith Hechtman, M.D. who founded CAGEMASK in August of 2020. “CAGEMASK meets the urgent need for football, lacrosse and hockey players at every level to resume competitive play during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our products have been tested at the NanoSafe lab at Virginia Tech where they specialize in testing innovative sports equipment to help protect athletes on the field. Testing results prove that CAGEMASK reduces the outward expulsion of droplets expelled by a player by more than 95%.“
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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.
ABOUT JASON TAYLOR FOUNDATION
In July 2004, Miami Dolphins and Pro Football Hall of Fame legendary defensive end Jason Taylor established the Jason Taylor Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The Foundation’s mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life. Since opening its doors, the Jason Taylor Foundation has impacted tens of thousands of children through innovative programming including The Jason Taylor Reading Room, The Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, Louder Than A Bomb Florida, Cool Gear for the School Year, the Jason Taylor Children’s Learning Center, and Jason Taylor Scholars, among others. For more information on the Jason Taylor Foundation, please visit the organization’s website at www.JasonTaylorFoundation.org www.facebook.com/jasontaylorfoundation
At UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), our purpose is people. Built from a merger that created one of the largest cloud companies in the world, UKG believes organizations succeed when they focus on their people. As a leading global provider of HCM, payroll, HR service delivery, and workforce management solutions, UKG delivers award-winning Pro, Dimensions, and Ready solutions to help tens of thousands of organizations across geographies and in every industry drive better business outcomes, improve HR effectiveness, streamline the payroll process, and help make work a better, more connected experience for everyone. UKG has 13,000 employees around the globe and is known for an inclusive workplace culture. The company has earned numerous awards for culture, products, and services, including consecutive years on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. To learn more, visit ukg.com.
CAGEMASK offers proven protection for youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes to play safe. CAGEMASK is available in a two-layer fabric helmet mask for football and an optically clear, anti-fog, medical grade plastic helmet shield for football, lacrosse, hockey and softball. NanoSafe Testing at Virginia Tech showed that CAGEMASK reduced outward droplets simulating those expelled by a player by more than 95%. CAGEMASK also offers optically clear, anti-fog gaiters and masks under our CLARO brand, featuring our proprietary technology. CAGEMASK and CLARO products are sold at www.cagemask.com.