TMA to Give 1,700 Helmets to Texas Kids in August

July 30, 2018

  • WHAT: The Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give away more than 1,700 bicycle helmets to children in August to protect them from head injuries, particularly as they prepare to head back to school. TMA physicians and other volunteers will give Texas kids the free bicycle helmets at events across the state. They also will teach parents and children the importance of properly fitting the helmet for maximum protection.
    TMA created Hard Hats for Little Heads in 1994 to encourage safe exercise through helmet use for all types of sports on wheels: bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and riding a scooter. TMA has given more than 310,000 helmets to Texas children since the program began.
  • WHEN: August 1-18, 2018
  • 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 other volunteers — and Texas children
  • WHY: Texas physicians urge Texas children to be active, and do so safely. Wearing a helmet that fits correctly is a simple way to prevent injury. Children and adolescents are seen most frequently in emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries.  

Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2018 through a TMA Foundation grant thanks to its Legacy of Caring Endowment and top donors — an anonymous physician and spouse, TMAF Make-A-Difference donors, and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians — and generous unrestricted gifts from TMA and TMA Alliance members, and friends of medicine.

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

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Schedule: August 2018
All events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Date: 8/1
Event: Bivins Back-to-School Bash
Sponsor: Potter-Randall County Medical Alliance
Location and Time: Bivins Elementary School, 1500 S. Fannin St., Amarillo, 6-8 pm

Date: 8/2
Event: School is Cool
Sponsor: Li-Yu Mitchell, MD, and Smith County Medical Society*
Location and Time: Harvey Convention Center Rose Garden, 200 W. Front St, Tyler, 4:30-7 pm

Date: 8/3
Event: Street Olympics (for qualifying children; not open to the public)
Sponsor: Harris County Precinct One Commissioner’s Office
Location and Time: NRG Stadium, 8400 Kirby Dr., Houston, 9 am-3 pm

Date: 8/4
Event: India Association of San Antonio Free Health Clinic
Sponsor: Rajam Ramamurthy, MD, and Texas Indo-American Physician Society Southwest**
Location and Time: Serna Elementary School, 2569 NE Loop 410, San Antonio, 7 am-1 pm

Date: 8/4
Event: Back-to-School Bash
Sponsor: Nancy Kelly, MD, and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School TMA Chapter**
Location and Time: Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, 3906 N. Westmoreland, Dallas, 9 am-12:30 pm

Date: 8/11
Event: Back-to-School Celebration
Sponsor: Concho Valley County Medical Society
Location and Time: Sunset Mall, 4001 Sunset Dr., San Angelo, 11 am-1 pm

Date: 8/11
Event: Nueces County Medical Society 52nd Annual Health & Fitness Fair
Sponsor: Nueces County Medical Society Alliance
Location and Time: The American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, 9 am-2 pm

Date: 8/11
Event: Wild About Wellness Children’s Health Fair
Sponsor: Cindy Porter, MD, and Town Square Media**
Location and Time: Four States Fairgrounds, 3700 50th St., Texarkana, AR 9 am-noon

Date: 8/11
Event: Stephenville Health and Safety Fair
Sponsor: State Rep. J.D. Sheffield, DO*
Location and Time: Henderson Junior High School, 2798 W. Frey, Stephenville, 9 am-noon

Date: 8/11
Event: Back-to-School Bonanza
Sponsor: Pilot Club of Lufkin
Location and Time: Pitser Garrison Convention Center, 601 N. Second St., Lufkin, 8 am-1 pm

Date: 8/11
Event: Family Wellness Fair
Sponsor: White Settlement Chamber of Commerce
Location and Time: White Settlement Recreation Center, 8213 White Settlement Rd., White Settlement, 10 am-1 pm

Date: 8/14
Event: Whitehouse ISD Back-to-School Health Fair
Sponsor: Smith County Medical Society
Location and Time: Stanton-Smith Elementary nurse’s office, 500 Zavala Trl., Whitehouse, 9 am-noon, 1-5 pm

Date: 8/18
Event: 13th Annual St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church Health Fair
Sponsor: Charles Barker, MD*
Location and Time: St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd., Richardson, 9 am-noon

Date: 8/18
Event: Community Party
Sponsor: Heather Esquivel, MD, and Mission East Dallas*
Location and Time: Mission East Dallas, 4550 Gus Thomasson Rd., Mesquite, 10 am-3 pm

*The Texas Academy of Family Physicians provided funding for this giveaway, which is sponsored by a family physician. 

**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 51,000 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.


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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