TMA to Give Away More Than 2,000 Bicycle Helmets to Texas Children

For Immediate Release
April 30, 2012 




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  • WHAT: To protect children from head injuries and encourage fitness, the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give away more than 2,000 bicycle helmets in May, which is Bike Month.  
  • WHEN: May 3-23, 2012 
  • WHERE: Communities statewide, including yours (see schedule below)  
  • WHO: TMA physicians, medical students, TMA Alliance members (TMA physician volunteers and TMA members’ spouses), and county medical societies (CMSs) 

Texas physicians want to ensure Texas children are doing all they can to stay safe. Wearing a bicycle helmet, and wearing it correctly, is a simple way to prevent injury. Head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability from bike crashes. Throughout April, which is designated as Child Safety Month in Texas, Texas children will receive free bicycle helmets across the state at giveaway events sponsored by TMA physicians and other volunteers. Parents and children will learn about the importance of wearing a helmet — especially one that fits properly.

Throughout May, which is designated as Bike Month, TMA physicians and other volunteers will give Texas children free bicycle helmets at giveaway events across the state. Parents and children will learn about the importance of wearing a helmet, especially one that fits properly. Below is a schedule of TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads events across the state. Look for one in your community.

TMA physicians encourage children to wear the correct helmet for every wheeled sport, including biking, skateboarding, inline skating, and when riding a scooter. Children also are encouraged to ride their bikes as often as possible to stay fit and healthy.

Below is a schedule of TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads events across the state. Look for one in your community.

TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads Schedule: May 2012 


Date      Event             Local Hard Hats for Little Heads Sponsor            Location 
5/3     Preschool Helmet Giveaway Event     TriCounty Medical Society, Central Texas Medical Center    

Hernandez Elementary, 333 Stagecoach Trl., San Marcos; 9:30 am-1:30 pm

5/3         Quitman Elementary School Bike Rodeo     Quitman Pilot Club     Quitman Elementary, 1101 E Goode St, Quitman; 8:30 am
5/4     Alba-Golden Elementary School Bike Rodeo     Quitman Pilot Club     Alba-Golden Elementary, 1373 CR 2377, Alba; 8:30 am
5/4     Yantis Elementary Bike Rodeo     Quitman Pilot Club     Yantis Elementary, 116 PR 5922 White Oak Baptist Church, Yantis; 12:30 pm
5/4     Bike Rodeo     Pete Stellman, MD     Ethridge Elementary, 6001 Ethridge, The Colony; 8 am-2 pm
5/4     Boy Scouts Bike Extravaganza     Justin McCann (Eagle Scout); Ashok Kumar, MD     Guadalupe Community Center, 1801 Cesar Chavez, San Antonio; 5 pm
5/5     Children's Safety Fair     Penny Jeffery, MD; East Texas Community Health     East Texas Community Health Eastside Clinic 1401 S. University Dr., Nacogdoches; 2-4 pm
5/6     Sacred Heart of Jesus Jamaica     James Mobley, MD; San Patricio Co. Dept. of Public Health     City Park on Hwy. 77 across from City Hall, Odem; 11 am-7 pm
5/8     Victoria County Home & Farm Safety Day Camp     Richard Leggett, MD; Citizens Medical Center     Victoria Co. 4-H Activity Center, 528 Waco Circle, Victoria; 9 am-2 pm
5/11     Bike Rodeo     James Mobley, MD; San Patricio Co. Dept. of Public Health     Eastcliff Elementary, 200 Fulton, Portland; 8:30-11:30 am
5/12     Bike Roundup     Good Shepherd Medical Center, Maverick Chain Gang Bike Club     The Square, Downtown, Marshall; 9-11 am
5/12     Hero's Health and Safety Day     Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance     Safety City, Clapp Park, 46th & Ave. U, Lubbock; 9 am-1 pm
5/15     Lantana Community Caring for Kids: Bike Helmet Giveaway     Rebecca Butler, MD; The Finely Agency     Lantana Golf Club's Pavilion, 800 Golf Club Dr., Lantana; 5:30 pm
5/19     Taste of Addison     Robert Contreras, MD; Concentra Medical Center     Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Dr., Addison; noon-6 pm
5/19     Kids Care & Wellness Fair     H. Chung-Tai Hu, MD; Cypress Physicians Association     Cypress Physicians Assn., 1250 Cypress Station Dr., Ste. B, Houston; 10 am-2 pm
5/19     Helmets for Kids Bicycle & Scooter Rodeo     Helmets for Kids, City of Lockhart     Lockhart City Park, 504 E City Park Rd., Lockhart; 9 am-1 pm
5/19     1st Annual Livingway Church Jesus and Me Children's Ministry Bike Rodeo     Livingway Church     Livingway Church, 13285 IH 35 North, San Antonio; 10 am-noon
5/19     Bicycle Safety Rodeo     Pilot Club of Lufkin, Texas DPS Lufkin office, Greg Sanches     Angelina College North Parking Lot (next to Shands Gym off Daniel McCall Dr.), Lufkin; 9 am
5/19     Health Fair         Marianna Sockrider, MD     First United Methodist Church, 2314 N Grand Blvd., Pearland;
10 am-1 pm 
5/22     Brainminders Crane     Christine Wan, MD; Pilot Club of Odessa     Crane Elementary, 300 W. 7th St., Crane; 10 am
5/23     Cameron Elementary Summer Safety     Ector CMS Alliance     Cameron Elementary Gym, 2401 W. 8th St., Odessa; 12:30-1:15 pm
5/30     Alpine Elementary Assembly Event         Adrian Billings, MD, PhD     Alpine Elementary, 200 W Ave A, Alpine; 9 am


TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible through a grant from the association’s philanthropic arm, the TMA Foundation, thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, and an anonymous foundation — and gifts from physicians and their families. Since the program began, physicians and their families have given away more than 120,000 helmets to Texas children.  

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 45,500 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.   

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