TMA to Give 3,500 Helmets to Kids This Month


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  • 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.

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Schedule: October 2018

Date: 10/3

Event: Freiheit Elementary Bike Club kick-off meeting (school event only, not open to the public)

Local Helmet Giveaway 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)

Local Helmet Giveaway 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)

Local Helmet Giveaway 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

Local Helmet Giveaway Sponsor: Jefferson County Medical Society

Location and Time: Downtown, Beaumont, 8 am

Date: 10/6-7

Event: ScienceFest at the Waco Cultural Arts Festival

Local Helmet Giveaway Sponsor: McLennan County Medical Society

Location and Time: Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave., Waco, 10 am-5 pm on Oct. 6 and 7

Date: 10/13

Event: Hard Hats for Little Heads

Local Helmet Giveaway 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

Local Helmet Giveaway 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

Local Helmet Giveaway 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

Local Helmet Giveaway Sponsor: John B. Wright, MD, and Port Lavaca Clinic Associates*

Location and Time: Port Lavaca Clinic, 1200 N. Virginia St., Port Lavaca, 11 am-1 pm

Date: 10/20

Event: Well Baby Expo

Local Helmet Giveaway 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

Local Helmet Giveaway 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

Local Helmet Giveaway 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

Local Helmet Giveaway 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)

Local Helmet Giveaway 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

Local Helmet Giveaway 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

Local Helmet Giveaway 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

Local Helmet Giveaway 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

Local Helmet Giveaway 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

Local Helmet Giveaway 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.