TMA to Give Away 4,000 Bike Helmets in October

 Sept. 29, 2015

  • WHAT: The Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give away nearly 4,000 free bicycle helmets in October to prevent head injuries. TMA physicians and other volunteers will host free helmet giveaways in their communities to teach parents and children the importance of wearing a helmet, especially one that fits properly.

    TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program was created in 1994 to help prevent head injuries by encouraging helmet use for all sports on wheels: bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and riding a scooter. TMA has given nearly 215,000 helmets to Texas children since the program began.
  • WHEN: Oct. 1-31, 2015 
  • 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), county medical societies, and local organizations

Texas physicians urge Texas children to be active but want them to stay safe. Wearing a bicycle helmet is a simple way to prevent injury. Head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability from bike crashes.

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: October 2015






Local Helmet Giveaway Sponsor


Location and Time


Hispanic Heritage Month Family Fun Day

Denton County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance

Denton Courthouse-on-the-Square, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton, 6-8 pm


Health Fair

Dallas CMS Alliance

Singing Hills Baptist Church, 6611 Club Wood Dr., Dallas, 10 am-2 pm


City of Odessa Fall Festival

Christine Wan, MD, and Pilot Club of Odessa*

McKinney Park, 625 W. Pool Rd., Odessa, 1 pm


Helmet Giveaway

Walker-Madison-Trinity  CMS

Fair on the Square, Downtown Huntsville, 9 am


Helmet Giveaway

Brent Cardwell, MD**

Cedar Park Pediatric & Family Medicine, 345 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park, 9 am-Noon


10th Carnaval de Salud

Tarrant CMS Alliance

Tarrant County Public Health, 1100 S. Main St., Fort Worth, 9 am-1 pm


2nd Annual Pediatric Safety Fair & Color Fun Run

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, 5500 Raphael Dr., Edinburg, 8:30 am-Noon


Gift of Life Color Run

Jefferson CMS and Alliance

Downtown Beaumont, 8 am- Noon



HOPE-K Trinational Health Council

Maverick County Lake, Eagle Pass, 9am-Noon


Night Out Community Event

Navarro Regional Hospital

Jester Park, Corsicana, 5 pm


Texas State Employee Wellness Fair (university event only; not open to the public)

Texas State University

LBJSC Ballroom, 601 University Dr., San Marcos, 10 am-3 pm


Helmet Giveaway

Tarrant CMS Alliance

Greenfield Elementary, 6020 Ten Mile Bridge Rd., Fort Worth, 6-9 pm


Pecos County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) Health Fair

Rahul Puri, MD, and PCMH*

Pecos County Care Center,

387 IH 10 Service Rd., Fort Stockton, 9 am


Fire Ant Festival Helmet Giveaway

Pilot Club of Marshall

Convention & Visitors Bureau, 301 N. Washington, Marshall, 10 am-1 pm


Health & Wellness Fair

Rehana Kausar, MD, and American Muslim Women Physician Association

Dar El Eman Islamic Center of Arlington, 5511 Mansfield Rd., Arlington, 9:30 am-1:30 pm


Helmet Giveaway (school event only; not open to the public)

Smith CMS Alliance

Tyler Day Nursery, 2901 W. Gentry Pkwy., Tyler,

8 am-6 pm


Castleberry Cares Health & Community Resource Fair

Tarrant CMS Alliance

A.V. Cato Elementary, 4501 Barbara Rd., Fort Worth, 9 am-2 pm


Deep Irving Market Day

Bike Irving, and T. Strong Transportation

Clock Tower at Main St. & Irving Blvd., Irving, 11 am-1 pm


Sour Lake Elementary Helmet Giveaway (school event only; not open to the public)  

Jefferson CMS and Alliance

Sour Lake Elementary, 1055 Texas Hwy. 326, Sour Lake, 10 am


Bike Rodeo (school event only; not open to the public)

Emily Briggs, MD*

Carl Schurz Elementary, 633 W Coll St., New Braunfels, 5:30-7 pm


Presidio-Ojinaga Binational Health Fair

Adrian Billings, MD, PhD, and Presidio-Ojinaga Binational Health Council

Presidio High School, 1000 Blue Devil Dr., Presidio, 4-7 pm

10/24 Health Fair Parker CMS North Main Baptist Church, 910 N. Main, Weatherford, 9 am-Noon 


Fall Festival

Amistad Community Health Center

Amistad Community Health Center, 1533 S. Brownlee Blvd., Corpus Christi,

10 am-1 pm

10/24 Hard Hats for Little Heads Port Lavaca Clinic Associates* Port Lavaca Clinic Associates, 1200 N. Virginia St., Port Lavaca, 10 am-Noon


Trick or Treat Street

Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance

Safety City at Clapp Park, 46th St. and Avenue U, Lubbock, 6-9 pm

10/24 Hard Hats for Little Heads William E. Coleman, MD, and Mission Liberty Hill Lutheran Church* Liberty Hill Junior High School, 13125 W. State Hwy 29, Liberty Hill, 9 am-1 pm


Halloween in the Park

The University of Texas Medical Branch Friendswood Pediatric & Adult Primary Care*

Stevenson Park, 1000 S. Friendswood Dr.,  Friendswood, 6 pm


Fall Festival (not open to the public)

Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance

Harwell Elementary, 4104 Avenue D, Lubbock, 6-8 pm


Hard Hats for Little Heads

Hill Country Memorial Hospital

Oak Crest Park, 432 Lady Bird Dr., Fredericksburg,
8 am


Halloween Open House

Hamlin Memorial Hospital

Hamlin Memorial Hospital, 632 N.W. Second St., Hamlin, 5-7 pm



Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible through a grant from TMA’s philanthropic arm, the TMA Foundation (TMAF), thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, and two anonymous foundations — and gifts from physicians and their families, and friends of medicine.

*The Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) provided funding for this giveaway, which is sponsored by a TAFP member.

**The Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) provided funding for this giveaway, which is sponsored by a TPS member.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 48,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 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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Contact:  Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; Cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org

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