Florida high school football player helping the medical profession with his 3D printer during the coronavirus pandemic

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Up until the coronavirus pandemic hit America, Cade Gray was your typical student-athlete who worked just as much on his grades as he did at football, pole vaulting and playing volleyball at Belleview High School in Ocala, Florida.

However, earlier this week, Gray’s life changed when he saw a Facebook post from Canada that motivated him to use his 3D printer that was collecting dust in his closet to make plastic N95 mask strap holders (below) to minimize irritation and discomfort to the backs of healthcare workers’ ears during their long shifts.

Cade, a 3-sport athlete at Belleview, is using a public file from thingaverse.com to make the strap holders. He’s then donating them to local hospitals and doctor’s offices. Cade and his dad Jason have also started mailing them across the country to anyone who requests them.

Cade Gray’s 3D printer making plastic N95 mask strap holders

In the first couple of days, Cade made about 100 of them. Below, you can listen to my interview with Cade on the High School Football America Podcast.

Cade Gray on HSFA Podcast

Click here to reach-out to Cade on his Facebook page to get more info on the straps.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.