PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 14, 2018 -- The Maxwell Football Club (MFC) today named Joe Skiba, long-time equipment manager for the New York Football Giants, winner of the 2018 Innovation in Safety Award. Presented by the MFC and co-sponsor VICIS (VYE-sis), developer of high-tech football helmets, the award will be given to Skiba at the Maxwell Club National Awards Gala in Atlantic City on March 9, 2018.
The Innovation in Safety Award recognizes NFL and NCAA equipment managers or athletic trainers who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the advancement of player safety.
"The Maxwell Football Club has a proud, 80+ year history of promoting athlete safety in the sport of football, and recognition of the contributions of equipment managers like Joe Skiba highlights the important work they do," said Mark Wolpert, MFC Executive Director. "Joe's long-time devotion to player health and safety make him a great choice for this year's award."
Current Equipment Director and member of the New York Giants organization since 1994, Skiba has served on the NFL's Health and Safety Committee for the past decade, contributing his expertise on equipment matters. Skiba won NFL Equipment Manager of the Year recognition in 2011 and regularly conducts equipment fitting and safety clinics for the New York Giants and USA Football.
"Joe is passionate about football equipment and its role in protecting players and elevating their performance," said Dave Marver, CEO of VICIS. "His longtime service as a member of the NFL's Health and Safety Committee demonstrates the respect he has earned at football's highest level. We are grateful to Joe for his commitment to advancing football helmets and other protective technologies."
Skiba will be honored Friday, March 9, 2018 at the 81st Maxwell Club National Awards Gala which will be held at the Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. Also receiving awards at this event will be; Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles (Bert Bell Award), Doug Pederson – Philadelphia Eagles (Greasy Neale Coach of the Year Award), Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma (Maxwell Award), Minkah Fitzpatrick - Alabama (Chuck Bednarik Award), Kirby Smart – Georgia (George Munger Coach of the Year Award), Duke Greco – Delaware Valley University (Tri-State Coach of the Year Award), Justin Watson – University of Pennsylvania (The Brian Westbrook Tri-State Player of the Year Award), Bill Clark - UAB (The Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award), Bobby Bowden - Florida State University (The Francis Reds Bagnell Award for Contributions to Football) and Shaquem Griffin – University of Central Florida (Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion).
Tickets for the Maxwell Football Club National Awards Gala are available for purchase on the Club's website https://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/product/national-awards-individual-ticket/ or by calling 215-643-3833.
Questions concerning any of the Maxwell Football Club's awards or programs can be directed to MFC Executive Director Mark Wolpert at [email protected].
ABOUT Maxwell Football Club
The Maxwell Football Club (MFC) was founded in 1935 and is a registered 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation. The MFC promotes and recognizes excellence at all levels of football from youth leagues through the professional ranks. Each year the MFC offers programs which focus on player and coach development, safety, and player wellness. The Club also presents many of the premiere awards in the football world each year. Membership is open and additional information on the Club can be found at www.maxwellfootballclub.org.
VICIS is a Seattle-based company focused on sports protective technologies. Its inaugural product, the ZERO1 football helmet, launched in 2017 and is being worn by players on 18 NFL teams. The helmet ranked first in 2017 NFL/NFLPA Helmet Performance testing and was named one of TIME Magazine's Best 25 Inventions of 2017. VICIS is funded and/or advised by several current and former NFL players, including Roger Staubach, Jerry Rice, Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, and Alex Smith. Additional investors include several thought-leading spine and neurological surgeons, the Peregrine Group, Harry Fath, and angelMD. For more information, please visit www.vicis.com.
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