Thousands of Kids Learn Helmet Safety at Annual Texas A&M Event

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Texas ENT & Allergy, Aggie Athletes Involved (AAI) and Texas A&M Athletics, along with supporting sponsors want to encourage child safety by giving away free bicycle helmets on Tuesday, February 12. The program will be held on the Texas A&M campus at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium and will begin at approximately 9 a.m.

For the fifth year in a row, approximately 2,800 bike helmets (provided through Academy Sports + Outdoors) will be presented to surrounding area second graders. This year's event will include Bryan ISD, College Station ISD, Navasota ISD, Brenham ISD, Anderson-Shiro ISD and Mumford ISD. Presentations by Aggie Athletes in sports such as equestrian, softball, baseball as well as football, City Mayors from Bryan, College Station, Brenham, Anderson and Navasota, and various community supporters on the importance of helmet use and safety will be made.

Hard Hats for Little Heads is a comprehensive educational curriculum involving all wheeled sports safety. The program has impacted over 10,000 second graders in this five year period and is designed to educate children about how to prevent head injuries by wearing a helmet when bicycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, 4-wheeling or any other wheeled sport.

On average, 250 children in the United States under the age of 14 die each year because of a bicycle crash. Another 300,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for severe head injuries. Many of these accidents could have been prevented if the children had worn bicycle helmets. Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent, yet only about 40 percent of cyclists wear one when they ride. Texas ENT & Allergy, AAI, Texas A&M Athletics, Academy Sports + Outdoors, and participating sponsors want to ensure our kids are wearing helmets when they ride, glide or drive.

Participants and sponsors of this year's program include:

Texas ENT & Allergy
Aggie Athletes Involved (AAI)
Texas A&M Athletics
Academy Sports + Outdoors
College Station Medical Center
Texas Medical Association
Wells Fargo
AgriLife Extension Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition
Robertson Neal, Atty
MSC Bookstore
Blue Bell Creamery
ANCO Insurance
George Bush Library
Texas A&M Police Department
College Station Police Department
Bryan Police Department
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