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Put A Lid On It!


Get Two Free Griffins Tickets! Just PUT A LID ON IT!

Griffins Helmet Safety

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


2) You'll receive a voucher for two free Griffins tickets to a 2018-19 regular season game and a chance to win a new bike! (Vouchers will be mailed this summer.)

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


2010GCC.jpgGriffins Bike Helmet FreeThe "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. 

In recognition of this effort, 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, either click here for information or call the Griffins at (616) 774-4585 ext. 3046. 

ATTENTION PARENTS! Click here for tips on choosing a helmet and getting your child to wear it. 


*March 10 - Griffins Youth Foundation
*May 21 - Gladiola Elementary
*May 22 - Cathedral of St. Andrew Learning Cafe
June 15 - Kent Co. Sheriff Bike Rodeo - Cedar Springs
*June 19 at 2 p.m. - Lids at the Library - KDL Kentwood Branch
*June 26 at 2 p.m. - Lids at the Library - GRPL Van Belkum Branch
July 1 - Great Lakes State Classic Road Race - Berlin Raceway
July 22 - Vuelta a Puerto Sheldon - Port Sheldon
Aug. 18 - Strade Bianche Road Races - Polkton Township
Aug. 19 - Gaslight Criterium - East Grand Rapids

...and more to come!

* Helmet distribution event
All events and times subject to change.


PALOIWinner201718Through the Griffins’ “Put A Lid On It!” helmet safety program, presented by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, thousands of kids across West Michigan have made pledges to always wear their helmets when they ride their bikes. In return for their pledge, each child receives two free tickets from the Griffins.

During the 2017-18 season, one of those kids was also chosen at random as the winner of a brand new Giant bike from Village Bike & Fitness.

At the Griffins' game on April 14, 2018, 8-year-old Izik Perez of Grand Rapids received his new bike. Congratulations, Izik, and good job to all the other kids who use their heads and "Put A Lid On It!"


  • 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.

    Presented By:

    Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Griffins

    Supported By:

    Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids Griffins         

    Huntington Grand Rapids Griffins    Centennial Securities Grand Rapids Griffins    Blue Cross Griffins    Lighthouse2PALOI