TMA to Give Bike Helmets to Children in March

March 1, 2013  


March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

  • 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 1,000 bicycle helmets in March, during Brain Injury Awareness Month.  
  • WHEN:  March 2-17, 2013 
  • WHERE:  Communities statewide, including yours (see schedule below) 
  • WHO:  TMA physicians, medical students, TMA Alliance members (volunteers who are TMA physicians and TMA members’ spouses), and county medical societies

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 March, which is designated as Brain Injury Awareness 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.

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.

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Schedule: March 2013  



Local Helmet Giveaway Sponsor 

Location and Time 


3rd Annual “Castleberry Cares” Health and Community Resource Fair

Tarrant County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance

A.V. Cato Elementary, 4501 Barbara Rd., Fort Worth;

9 am-2 pm


Watch Your Wellness Health Fair

Fort Bend CMS Alliance

Sugarland Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugarland;

10 am-1 pm


11th Annual Children’s Health Festival (two helmet giveaway stations)

Williamson CMS Alliance;  St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center-Trauma Services

United Heritage Center at the Dell Diamond, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock;

10 am-2 pm 


Poteet Police Department Bike Rodeo Fest

Poteet Police Department

Poteet Canyon Park, Ave. H, Poteet;

9 am-11 pm


Y at the Park: Camp Play Day and Bike Rodeo

Terry Wiggins, MD;

YMCA of Austin

Mueller Lake Park, Mueller Blvd., Austin;

10 am-2 pm


Bike Rodeo

Tarrant CMS Alliance;

Fort Worth Police Department-North Division  

Home Depot Parking Lot, 7401 North Fwy., Fort Worth;



SUNS Health Fair

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students

Texas Tech Family Medicine, 9849 Kenworthy St., El Paso;

10 am-2 pm


Cyclobia: Open Streets Program


Rose Gowen, MD;

City of Brownsville


10 am-3 pm 

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 two anonymous foundations — and gifts from physicians and their families. Since the program began, physicians and their families have given away more than 140,000 helmets to Texas children.    



TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 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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phone: (512) 370-1382
cell: (512) 413-6807

Brent Annear
phone: (512) 370-1381
cell: (512) 656-7320


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