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Creighton Prep buys impact-sensor helmets

Helmets lined with sensors to monitor the force of impact will be part of Creighton Preparatory School’s fall football campaign, an effort made possible by an $80,000 gift from Creighton Prep graduate James O’Brien and his wife, Barbara.

"We are extraordinarily grateful to Jim and Barb for the incredible support that will allows us to take the care of our football players to another level," said Jesuit Father Tom Nietzke, school president. The helmets are designed to help coaches and athletic trainers monitor players for head injuries.

O’Brien, a former all-state running back, is in the school’s athletic hall of fame for helping lead the football team to state titles in 1962 and 1963, and the basketball team to a state title in 1964.

A member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha, O’Brien also has served on the school’s Board of Trustees, including as chairman for seven years, and is part of an advisory group to Father Nietzke.

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