Shadowman Sports Partners with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy, Providing Its Injury-Preventative Equipment to Youth Players | Athletic Business

Shadowman Sports Partners with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy, Providing Its Injury-Preventative Equipment to Youth Players

SOURCE: Shadowman Sports

The innovative sports equipment company expands its commitment to protecting athletes with its latest youth-centric collaboration.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - July 24, 2018 – Shadowman Sports, a football practice equipment company focused on designing injury-preventative gear to help athletes develop proper rugby-style tackling techniques, today announces its partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy, a non-profit dedicated to furthering the development of youth football players around the world. As the official tackling partner of the academy, Shadowman Sports is providing its equipment to deliver world-class training among the program’s young athletes

“The future of youth football is reliant on our ability to teach kids safer and better ways to practice in order to avoid serious injuries – from the first day of practice until the last,” said Steve Flanagan, president & COO of Shadowman Sports. “We’re thrilled to be associated with such a prestigious organization dedicated to training young athletes around the world. Through this partnership, the academy is now better equipped to teach the proper rugby-style tackling techniques and simulate in-game action during practice while reducing player-on-player contact and the chances of injuries.”

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy is training athletes using Shadowman Sports’ equipment in the Americas, Asia and Europe. These camps are led by Pro Football Hall of Famer, Rod Woodson among other former National Football League (NFL) coaches and players. Athletes experience what is considered the gold standard of football training as they go through NFL combine-like drills and are educated on the process of the game.

“Shadowman Sports is on the cutting edge of football training and has dramatically helped us teach tackling in an exciting and safe environment,” said Richard McGuinness, founder of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy. “They will change the game with their continued emphasis on safety.”

Shadowman Sports continues to place a focus on educating athletes of all ages on the proper techniques of rugby-style tackling in an effort to make playing the game safer. The preventative equipment emphasizes safe tackling through a low center of gravity, target zones, bent knee posture and a realistic player form. Its Shadowman Junior and Pro tackling systems are transforming how coaches from the youth to the professional level are approaching practice and player safety.

For more information about Shadowman Sports and the company's products, please visit To learn more about the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy, please visit

About Shadowman Sports

Shadowman Sports is the creator of the first moveable and detachable tackling systems that allow football and rugby teams at every level to promote proper rugby-style tackling techniques and reduce player-on-player contact during training. Shadowman is headquartered in Limerick, Ireland and has operations in both California and Connecticut. Its products are designed to improve player safety and replicate game speed reps. The company was founded in 2014 by J.P. Hartigan, a former rugby player and product design and technology expert.

About the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Located in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of the National Football League, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution with the Mission to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values, & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE.

Hundreds of thousands of fans from across the globe travel to Canton annually to experience “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth!” that chronicles America’s most popular sport.

Construction on Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, an $899 million development project that includes 10 main components, is under way in Canton to transform the Hall of Fame’s campus.

For more information about the Pro Football Hall of Fame, please visit; @ProFootballHOF on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube.

Fans can also tune into the recently launched Hall of Fame channel ( that features nearly 400 hours of live programming each month plus a video vault that includes Enshrinement speeches, exclusive interviews with Hall of Famers and other NFL Legends, original documentaries and feature films, and more.

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