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Put A Lid On It!

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What is "Put a Lid On It!"?

The "Put A Lid On It!" (PALOI) helmet safety program is a public service of the Grand Rapids Griffins and is presented by Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. The PALOI program was founded by the Griffins in 2004 to promote helmet safety to elementary and middle school children throughout West Michigan, with an ultimate goal of reducing the occurrence and severity of head injuries sustained during wheeled sports and other outdoor activities.

Each year, posters promoting the program and helmet safety are distributed to and displayed in hundreds of West Michigan schools, libraries, pediatricians’ offices, bike and skate shops and other public and retail establishments. Other aspects of the program include a ticket reward program for kids who wear their helmets, and donations of helmets through our Lids at the Library events and to Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids. Kids who want to make a pledge to always wear their helmet will receive a voucher for two free Griffins tickets during the 2023-24 season.

In recognition of their efforts, the Griffins were honored as the recipient of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan's 2007 Prevention Award.

If your company is interested in sponsoring the PALOI program, call the Griffins at (616) 774-4585 ext. 3046.

2023 PALOI Events

Lids at the Library

Tuesday, June 20
– 10-11 a.m. – KDL Grandville Branch (4055 Maple St. SW, Grandville)
Thursday, June 29 – 1-2 p.m. – GRPL West Leonard Branch (1017 Leonard St. NW)

The Griffins’ “Put A Lid On It!” program and the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Program will distribute 100 free bike helmets at each event to kids ages 1-12 (subject to availability). A parent or guardian must be present to receive a helmet. For more information, call 616-391-SAFE.

Griffins Bike Rodeo

July (
Date TBA) – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Area 2 parking lot behind Van Andel Arena (on Oakes St. SW.)

Join us for our second annual Griffins Bike Rodeo! As the centerpiece of this free event, kids age 10 and younger are invited to learn and practice bike-handling skills and safety through fun stations staffed by officers from the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention Program will be on hand to give away and properly fit helmets, while other volunteers will perform basic bike safety checks before kids try the rodeo course. All kids must bring their own bikes and wear a helmet to participate in the rodeo, and they must have a parent or guardian present to either receive a free helmet or ride the course.

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Griffins broadcaster Bob Kaser fits a helmet during Lids at the Library.

How Do I Participate?

1) Make a pledge to ALWAYS wear your helmet when riding your bike or scooter and when skating or skateboarding.

2) Once you've made your pledge, you will receive a voucher for two free Griffins tickets to a 2023-24 regular season game and a chance to win a new bike! (Vouchers will be mailed later this summer.)

Offer valid for children ages 2-17, with parent's permission. Limit two tickets per child per season.

Giving Back: The Motion Initiative

The Griffins are proud of our partnership with The Motion Initiative (TMI), which provides helmets to kids served by that organization in the Black Hills neighborhood on the southwest side of Grand Rapids. TMI works to facilitate adventure, freedom, and hope, through the gateway of cycling, to those that need it most. For more information or to consider making a donation to TMI, please visit

Just the Facts

  • A helmet protects you by absorbing and distributing the impact of a crash before it reaches your brain and reduces the risk of brain injury by 88%.
  • Use of bicycle helmets would prevent one death every day and one brain injury every four minutes.
  • Falls can happen anywhere. A fall from two feet can cause a brain injury affecting your ability to see, think, walk or talk.
  • Brain injury is the leading cause of disability and death in bicycle accidents.
  • Bicycle-related deaths are highest in children ages 10-14.
  • Brain injury is the most serious injury to inline skaters who do not wear protective gear.

    Facts courtesy Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

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