TMA to Give 3,500 Helmets to Kids This Month

October 2, 2018

  • WHAT: Physicians and other volunteers in the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give away more than 3,500 free bicycle helmets to Texas children in October. The TMA doctors 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 — to prevent head injuries.

    TMA created the Hard Hats for Little Heads program in 1994 to help prevent child head injuries by encouraging helmet use for all sports on wheels: bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and riding a scooter. TMA has given more than 300,000 helmets to Texas children since the program began. TMA celebrates the program’s anniversary each year in October with Hard Hats for Little Heads Month. 

  • WHEN: Oct. 3-28, 2018 (see schedule below for your local event)

  • WHERE: Communities statewide, including yours 

  • WHO: TMA physicians, 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 also want them to be safe. A bike helmet, when worn properly, can prevent up to 85 percent of head injuries. 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. Reporters: Local contacts are listed below for your convenience if you choose to cover an event; they are not to be published. For more information about TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program, please contact the TMA Media Relations Department (contact info below).  

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

Date: 10/3
Event: Freiheit Elementary Bike Club kick-off meeting (school event only, not open to the public)
Sponsor: Erin Wright, MD*
Location and Time: Freiheit Elementary School, 2002 FM 1101, New Braunfels, 3:05 pm

Date: 10/3
Event: Bicycle Safety Awareness (school event, not open to the public)
Sponsor: Ector County Medical Society Alliance
Location and Time: Blackshear Elementary School, 501 S. Dixie, Odessa, 2:15 pm

Date: 10/6
Event: Bike Rodeo (school event, not open to the public)
Sponsor: Kelly Thorstad, MD, and Caraway Elementary PTA**
Location and Time: Caraway Elementary School parking lot (flagpole/Carlwood Dr. side), 11104 Oak View Dr., Austin, 10 am-noon

Date: 10/6
Event: 5K Color Rush
Sponsor: Jefferson County Medical Society
Location and Time: Downtown, Beaumont, 8 am

Date: 10/6-7
Event: ScienceFest at the Waco Cultural Arts Festival
Sponsor: McLennan County Medical Society
Location and Time: Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave., Waco, 10 am-5 pm on Oct. 6 and 7

Event: Hard Hats for Little Heads
Sponsor: Elzaim Pediatrics and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
Location and Time: Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, 118 Paseo Del Prado, Edinburg, 9 am-noon 

Date: 10/13
Event:7th Annual Health Fair
Sponsor: Parker County Medical Society
Location and Time: North Side Baptist Church, 910 N. Main, Weatherford, 9 am-noon 

Date: 10/13
Event: Walk With a Doc/Hard Hats for Little Heads
Sponsor: Jasmine Sulaiman, MD, and Health Center of Southeast Texas*
Location and Time: Shepherd Middle School, 1401 S. Byrd Ave., Shepherd, 9 am-1 pm 

Date: 10/13
Event: Hard Hats for Little Heads
Sponsor: John B. Wright, MD, and Port Lavaca Clinic Associates*
Location and Time: Port Lavaca Clinic, 1200 N. Virginia St., Port Lavaca, 11am- 1pm

Date: 10/20
Event: Well Baby Expo
Sponsor: James Mobley, MD, and Texas A&M Healthy South Texas
Location and Time: Lake Jackson Civic Center, 333 Texas Hwy. 332, Lake Jackson, 8 am-noon

Date: 10/20
Event: Hard Hats for Little Heads
Sponsor: Christine Wan, MD, and Pilot Club of Odessa*
Location and Time: McKinney Park, 625 W. Pool Rd., Odessa, 1 pm

Date: 10/20
Event: Sharon's Ride
Sponsor: Smith County Medical Society
Location and Time: The Boulders at Lake Tyler, 16362 McElroy Rd., Whitehouse, 9 am

Date: 10/21
Event: Kids Fest & Safety Fair
Sponsor: Carla Laos, MD, and St. David's Children's Hospital**
Location and Time: St. David's Children's Hospital, 12221 N. Mopac Expy., Austin, 10 am-noon 

Date: 10/25
Event: Carl Schurz Elementary Bike Rodeo (school event, not open to the public)
Sponsor: Claire Coco, MD*
Location and Time: Carl Schurz Elementary School, 633 W. Coll St., New Braunfels, 5:30-7 pm

Date: 10/27
Event: Andrews County Safety Fair
Sponsor: Rand Waddingham, MD, and Permian Regional Medical Center*
Location and Time: Andrews EMS Station, 201 E. Broadway St., Andrews, 9 am-4 pm

Date: 10/27
Event: GameDay Community Tailgate
Sponsor: Christus Good Shepherd Health System
Location and Time: NorthPark Medical Plaza Emergency Department, 323 E. Hawkins Pkwy., Longview, 10 am-3 pm

Date: 10/27
Event: 8th Community Health & Wellness Fair of Plano
Sponsor: Rommana Aziz, DO, and American Muslim Women Physicians Association*
Location and Time: Islamic Association of Collin County, 6401 Independence Pkwy., Plano, 9 am-1 pm 

Date: 10/28
Event: 19th Annual Halloween in the Park
Sponsor: Lauren Raimer-Goodman, MD, and The University of Texas Medical Branch Friendswood Pediatric & Adult Primary Care**
Location and Time: Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, 5-7 pm

Date: 10/28
Event: Annual Halloween Carnival
Sponsor: The University of Texas Medical School at Galveston TMA Chapter
Location and Time: Moody Medical Library Plaza, 301 University Blvd., Galveston, 5-7 pm

Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2018 with a TMA Foundation (TMAF) 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.

 *The Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) 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. 

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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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Last Updated On

October 02, 2018