GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.
– Two hundred local children will receive a new bike helmet at no cost when the Grand Rapids Griffins and Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids
host the fifth annual “Lids at the Library.”
The event will take place on two separate days at branches of the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Kent District Library. GRPL’s Yankee Clipper Branch
(2025 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids) will be the site on Tuesday, June 12 at 2 p.m., while KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch
(2650 5 Mile Rd. NE, Grand Rapids) will host the event on Tuesday, June 19 at 2 p.m.
Volunteers from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be on hand to properly fit these free helmets for the first 100 kids at each location. Helmets for kids ages 1-12 will be distributed (subject to availability), and a parent or legal guardian must be present for a child to receive a helmet. Griff will be on hand to entertain patrons, and a variety of information from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be available for pickup.
“Lids at the Library” represents the start of the ninth summer of the Griffins’ award-winning “Put A Lid On It!
” (PALOI) helmet safety program, which is presented by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
. Since the program’s founding in 2004, the Griffins have worked with countless local organizations – including police departments, pediatricians, schools, libraries, bike shops and sporting goods stores – to encourage helmet usage during wheeled sports, prevent head injuries, and reward kids who wear their helmets.
PALOI, which earned the Brain Injury Association of Michigan’s 2007 prevention award, targets elementary and middle school students in a seven-county region of West Michigan. Children age 17 or younger who visit griffinshockey.com/putalidonit
with parental permission and sign a pledge to always wear their helmet will be rewarded with a voucher for two free tickets to a 2012-13 Griffins game, and they’ll be registered for a drawing to win a new bike. Numerous local police departments, including Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Grandville and East Grand Rapids, traditionally participate in the voucher program as well, distributing them to helmet-wearing kids they encounter in their communities.
Ever-present at local parades and bike races throughout the summer, the Griffins will co-sponsor the kids race at the Grand Cycling Classic
for the fourth straight year, providing helmets to the first 150 kids who register for the July 28 event. The Griffins will also provide their annual grant to Safe Kids, enabling that organization to purchase approximately 100 additional bike helmets and distribute them through its programs and events.
2012 PALOI posters will soon be displayed and distributed by hundreds of schools, libraries, medical offices and businesses throughout West Michigan, while themed T-shirts will be given away to kids during PALOI events.
Information for parents, including tips for choosing a helmet and getting their child to wear it, is available at griffinshockey.com
. For more information about the program, call (616) 774-4585 ext. 3046.
The “Put A Lid On It!” program is supported by Centennial Securities, Dean Foods, Delta Subaru, Gatorade, Hot Tamales, Mike & Ike, and Xfinity.
2012 PALOI Event Schedule
June 12 - Lids at the Library* - GRPL Yankee Clipper Branch (2 p.m.)
June 16 - Walker Bike Festival - KDL Walker Branch (8:30-10:30 a.m.)
June 17 - Celebration! Cinema Criterium
Kids Race – Kent ISD Campus (5:30 p.m.)
June 19 - Lids at the Library* - KDL Plainfield Township Branch (2 p.m.)
July 4 - Kentwood Independence Day Parade (9:30 a.m.)
July 4 - East Grand Rapids Independence Day Parade (Noon)
July 28 - Grand Cycling Classic
Kids Race* - Downtown Grand Rapids (3:10 p.m.)
Aug. 19 - Tour de Gaslight
Kids Race (11:30 a.m.)
All events subject to change.
* Helmet distribution event