After the tragic passing of two student-athletes from Compton Centennial High School and Gardena High School in California, the Los Angeles Chargers stepped in to show their support for the athletes on each schools' football team.
Together, Xenith and the Chargers donated 150 new Xenith X2E+ football helmets to the two programs, both which were unable to play last season due to the lack of available helmets.
"Last year was extremely difficult for the student-athletes who either had their extracurricular programs shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic or weren't able to raise funds for their programs," said Heather Birdsall, Chargers director of community partnerships.
"The Chargers strongly believe that youth sports play a critical role in teaching important life skills like teamwork and leadership, creating safe spaces for many of our local youth, and bringing communities together. We can't thank Xenith enough for partnering with us to donate these helmets to Gardena and Compton Centennial High Schools to help ensure local youth have every opportunity to play the sports they love and more importantly keep them out of harm's way."
Weeks after the donation, the two teams faced off in their new helmets for a regular season game, with each team sporting personalized stickers in honor of their fallen teammates. This game was an opportunity for the Apaches and Panthers to take the field in remembrance of two young men, gone too soon.
"At Xenith, we understand the important role football can play in building a community and helping athletes heal during difficult times," said Abby Jacobs, Retail & Partnership Manger for Xenith. "The players at Gardena and Compton Centennial High Schools have faced tremendous adversity over the past year and we are honored to partner with the Los Angeles Chargers in giving back to these programs."