TCEP Supports TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads Program

Get Moving. Stay Safe. Wear a Helmet.

The Texas Medical Association's Hard Hats for Little Heads bicycle helmet giveaway program was created to help reduce head injury among Texas children. A properly fitting helmet can prevent almost all head injuries - up to 85 percent - the most common cause of disability or death in a bicycle crash. Since 1994, TMA has given away more than 350,000 helmets to Texas children. 

TCEP Members strongly support this safety effort, and we've teamed up with TMA to get involved! 

During the January 2020 TCEP Board of Directors Meeting, our Board agreed to fund and support the TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads bike helmet giveaway program with a donation of $2,500. Our current TCEP Board President, Dr. Hemant Vankawala, generously matched that donation amount, bringing the total to $5,000! With that amount, TCEP was able to purchase approximately 1,200 helmets that TCEP Members can give to children in their communities.


 

TCEP Hard Hats for Little Heads 2020 Event - Rescheduled!
Friday, November 20, 2020

As a community outreach effort, we'll be giving away helmets at Waverly Park Elementary (about 315 helmets)! 

Address: 3604 Cimmaron Trail, Fort Worth, TX 76116
Distribution time: 1:30 - 3:00pm

*COVID RESTRICTIONS AND PRECAUTIONS REQUIRED*
In an effort to ensure everyone's safety, we will be following all COVID guidelines:

  • Masks required
  • Hand sanitizer available and encouraged for use
  • Helmets were pre-measured to minimize contact time in-person
  • Social distancing required

TCEP Member, Dr. Evan Meyer, is featured in this video to explain how to properly fit a helmet.

Helmet Sizing Chart


Interested in Hosting a Helmet Giveaway in Your City? Here's What You Need To Know!

Emergency physicians who are TCEP/ACEP Members get a special benefit to their membership!
TCEP Members can get up to 50 helmets at no cost to host a local Hard Hats helmet giveaway, thanks to the contribution TCEP made to support the program on behalf of our members. TCEP's donation covers 25 helmets, and TMA doubles that with an equal match of free helmets. 

Helmets are available to TCEP Members on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. 

TMA assists with everything you need to host an event, including shipping helmets to the event location, publicity and media support, and educational materials. You will receive 50 helmets at no cost to you (while supplies last), and TMA's program provides additional free helmets if you want to purchase more personally. For example, if Dr. Meyer bought 25 extra helmets, TMA would give him more at no cost to hand out (over and above the initial 50 free)! TMA's high-quality helmets are inexpensive too; helmets purchased through TMA cost only $7.85 each, including shipping (retail value of $22). 

Key months to host a giveaway:
March: Brain Injury Awareness Month
April: Texas Child Safety Month
May: Bike Month
During these key months, TMA will boost event publicity and draw attention to helmet safety by sending out a news media advisory that lists all Hard Hats events across the state. 

Start planning your event now!
Check out these ideas for events and start planning your event now with the event toolkit. Physicians and other sponsors wishing to learn how to sponsor a helmet giveaway should contact Tammy Wishard, TMA Outreach Coordinator, at (512) 370-1470.