Jefferson County (Jeffco) was the first district in the nation to implement and provide Guardian Caps as a district wide purchase. Jeffco has been purchasing Guardian Caps for its 17 schools since 2015 and just placed an order for 600 Caps for 2023. Here is what Jeffco executive athletic director Jim Thyfault had to say:
“Our top concern in our athletic programs is the safety of our kids,” Jeffco district athletic director Jim Thyfault said in a release. “One of our schools has tried this in the past with great success, as have other schools, and if we can help reduce the impact to our players, it’s a positive move.”
For Jeffco, better protection is their main priority when it comes to sports. Columbine Coach Andy Lowry was a part of the initial trial, see what he had to say:
“As a coach, it is our responsibility to protect our players the best that we can. Anything we can do to proactively help decrease the impact of hits to our players is a good thing. My eighth-grade son  wears one of these to play and I want to care for Jeffco Schools’ kids the way I would care for my own.”
Jeffco has continued to implement Guardian Caps on their players since making the decision in 2015, and has also influenced many other schools and counties to do the same.