Frequently Asked Questions

Who can sponsor an event?
Members of the TMA family — physicians, county medical societies, medical students, and/or local alliance chapters — can sponsor events.

I’m not a member of the TMA family. Can I sponsor an event?
TMA is pleased to partner with community organizations or schools on events. TMA encourages you to work with a TMA sponsor in your community and can help you find one. Events without a TMA sponsor are required to show TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads DVD, which features Tom Coopwood, MD, an Austin trauma surgeon.

I heard TPS buys helmets for its members to give away. Is that true?
The Texas Pediatric Society, the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (TPS) covers the cost of up to 25 helmets for its members who sponsor a helmet giveaway. Then TMA provides an equal match of free helmets on these purchases, so TPS members can get up to 50 helmets to give away at no cost. TPS will cover a limited number of events in 2013.

I heard TAFP buys helmets for its members to give away. Is that true?
The Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) covers the cost of up to 50 helmets for its members who sponsor a helmet giveaway. Then TMA provides an equal match of free helmets on purchases up to 50, so TAFP members can get up to 100 helmets to give away at no cost.

What do I need to do to get helmets?
Event sponsors are required to sign a grant agreement to receive the free helmets from TMA, to credit TMA for the free helmets in event publicity and at the event, to report event media coverage to TMA, and to complete a survey after the event.

How long does it take to get the helmets?
Helmets ship directly to you from our supplier in five business days.

How much do the helmets cost?
Helmets cost $7.35 each, including shipping. Retail value of the helmet is $22. Helmets feature the TMA logo and meet Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements.   

What sizes of helmets are available?
TMA offers helmets ranging from toddler to extra large to fit our target audience of kids aged 3-14.  

 Does TMA match one-to-one on my helmet purchase?
It depends on the size of your purchase. TMA provides an equal match on purchases of up to 50 helmets. After that, the match is on a sliding scale:  

Helmets Purchased by Sponsor       Free Helmets From TMA
         
1-50       Equal Match
51-200       50
201-400       100
401-600       200
601-800       300
801-1,000       400
1,001-1,500       500
More than 1,500       600

How long does it take to plan an event?

TMA asks that you allow at least a month to plan your event to ensure timely delivery of your helmets and materials.   

Where do I give away the helmets?
You know your community best, so TMA encourages you to find a venue that works well in your community. That could be at a health fair or community event, at a bike rodeo, in a physician’s office, or with a school. Check out these ideas for events that have worked for other Hard Hats for Little Heads sponsors.  

When are good times for events?
TMA has events all year. But we do encourage events during key months to raise awareness: Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, Texas Child Safety Month in April, and Bike Month in May. During these times, TMA sends a statewide media advisory announcing all events.   

What am I required to do at an event?
TMA asks that each helmet given away be fitted on the child. The key to safety is a properly fitting helmet, so we want the kids to leave with one fitted for them.  

I’m not from Texas. Can I sponsor an event?
TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program is available for only Texas events. 

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