CARROLL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)–Three Maryland moms—not soccer moms, but lacrosse moms—were sharing a bottle of wine when they had a great idea.
Suzanne Collins explains that was a year ago, and now they are in business and succeeding.
Lacrosse helmets can cost $150 or more, so it’s too pricey for many parents when their children need more than one.
“One plays lacrosse for a club team and he also plays rec ball and ball for school. And there was no way I was going to spend the money to buy three helmets,” said Bennett Cummings, lacrosse mom.
The three Carroll County mothers, whose sons are all into lacrosse in a big way, brainstormed a solution. Why not make a lid — a skin out of spandex — that you could pop over the school helmet. Then everyone on the recreation team could look the same.
“It’s a little distracting sometimes when everybody has a different helmet with a different logo with a different school. When you put the lids on them it all looks uniform. It looks great,” said Stacey Irrgang, lacrosse mom.
Thus the company Slick Lids was born. One year ago now, and business is really heating up–especially after the women showed off their lids at the National Lacrosse Convention in Baltimore.
“We had a lot of coaches from all over the country who were asking if we had other sports,” said Lisa Hapney, lacrosse mom. “If we could do softball helmets, baseball helmets, but the biggest one people were attracted to were hockey helmets.”
The Slick Lids moms decided to branch out from lacrosse recently. Now they are making them for riding. The one they created for snowboarding was a big hit in Wyoming at a ski area.
Irrgang wore a fur lid at Jackson Hole this winter and vendors there want to sell it. They have Internet orders for lacrosse lids from across the nation and Canada.
“I think it’s a great answer in this economy and people can’t be spending that money on helmets so I think it’s great,” Irrgang said.
The women say high schools that don’t have big sports budgets are buying lids so team members match.
Click here for more information about Slick Lids.