Free Griffins Tickets for Kids Who Pledge to Wear Bike Helmets

Since it began in 2004, the Grand Rapids Griffins’ Put a Lid On It program has prompted thousands of kids across West Michigan to make a pledge that will help keep them safer.

Kids ages two through 17 who sign a pledge form to always wear their helmet when riding their bike or scooter and when skating or skateboarding receive a voucher for two free Griffins tickets. They’re also entered for a chance to win a new bike. The best part? They can enter every season.

According to Safe Kids, consistent bike helmet use can “reduce head injuries by 85 percent, brain injury by 88 percent.” Additionally, “more children ages 5 to 14 are seen in ERs for injuries related to biking than any other sport.”

A Grand Rapids youngster gets fitted for a helmet at a recent Put a Lid On It event. Photo credit: Julie Bitely

The PALOI program is presented by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and supported by Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is a sponsor of the program, along with many other great community-minded companies.

The Griffins’ have helpful resources for parents, including tips on how to get your child to wear a helmet and advice on proper fit. More than a third of children who wear helmets wear them improperly, increasing the risk for head injury. Find out more here to protect your child every time they ride a bike or hop on a skateboard or skates.

Set an example for your kids by always wearing a helmet on family rides and insisting that they do the same.

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