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Grab the kids and lets go fly a kite! Bring your bike for a bike rodeo and the kids can get a free bike helmet.

Saturday April 20

10am - 4pm

Pecan Grove Park West

3200 Canyon Creek Drive

 

 

BIKE HELMET GIVEAWAY AT KITE AND BIKE FESTIVAL
The Sherman Police Department and Sherman Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with Sherman family physician Dr. Maria Nieto, want to help ensure the safety of local children by giving away free bicycle helmets Saturday, April 20, starting at 10 AM, at the Kite and Bike Festival at Pecan Grove West Park.

The bicycle helmet giveaway is part of a statewide effort — Hard Hats for Little Heads — launched by the Texas Medical Association in 1994. The program promotes fun exercise and teaches parents and children about the importance of wearing a helmet. The event is sponsored by Dr. Nieto and the Sherman Police Department, along with the Texas Medical Association.

Texas physicians encourage wearing a helmet for all sports on wheels — biking, skateboarding, inline skating, and riding a scooter. And doctors want you to wear the correct helmet for your sport and make sure it fits properly. 

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.

April is Child Safety Month, and the event is aimed at teaching children about bicycle safety in a fun environment.  "We want children to enjoy the summer, but to be safe first!" says Dr. Nieto

Any child can receive a free helmet. Local police and volunteers will be on hand to properly fit the helmets. 
There will be a bike rodeo so children can get hands on experience with making bicycle maneuvers safely. The Kite Festival will follow immediately after the bike rodeo.

Head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability from bike crashes. A helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent, yet less than half of cyclists wear one when they ride.

Since TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads program began, physicians have given away more than 140,000 free helmets to Texas children. Funding for TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads is provided by TMA Foundation thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, two anonymous foundations — and gifts from physicians and their families.