STATION, Texas-- Texas ENT & Allergy, Texas A&M Athletics, Aggie
Athletes Involved (AAI), Academy Sports + Outdoors and supporting sponsors
invite local second graders to learn the importance of helmet safety. The
program will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12 on the Texas A&M campus at the
Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium beginning at approximately 9 a.m.
2,800 second grade students from the independent school districts of Bryan,
College Station, Navasota, Brenham, Anderson-Shiro and Mumford will attend this
year's event. Texas A&M student-athletes from football, baseball, softball,
and equestrian will demonstrate the importance of helmet safety in their
respective sport. Upon returning to their respective campuses, each student
will receive a bicycle helmet, provided by Academy Sports + Outdoors.
from the cities of Bryan, College Station, Brenham, Anderson, Navasota, as well
as other community supporters will be present. The Hard Hats for Little
Heads program stresses the importance of wearing a helmet when bicycling,
in-line skating, skateboarding, 4-wheeling or taking part in any other wheeled
sport to reduce head injuries. Over the last five years, about 10,000 local
second graders have attended and benefitted from the Hard Hats program.
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.
and sponsors of this year's program include:
ENT & Allergy
Athletes Involved (AAI)
Sports + Outdoors
Station Medical Center
Extension Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition
A&M Police Department
Station Police Department