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BCPS Partners with Jason Taylor Foundation, UKG and CAGEMASK to Protect Student Athletes from COVID-19

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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