Skateboard & Sport Safety Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 28, 2013 Pilot Club of Lenexa, KS Contact: Kathy Elevier Phone: 913-522-7744 Email: LKE2000@earthlink.net

Skateboard and Sport Safety Event in Lenexa Lenexa, Kansas: September 14, 2013, from 3 to 5 pm, the Pilot Club of Lenexa, KS will hold a Skateboard and Sport Safety event at the Lenexa Skatepark at 87th & Greenway. Partnering with them will be Helmets in Hands, the Brain Injury Association of Greater Kansas City, and SafeKids of Johnson County in cooperation with Lenexa Parks and Recreation. During the event there will be speakers addressing what happens when the head is injured, after which a limited supply of S-One multi-impact helmets will be given away to riders who will sign an agreement to wear them when they skateboard. SafeKids will have experts from Olathe Medical Center on hand to sharing information and answer questions on other potential sports injuries so parents and kids are aware of causes and symptoms. The Pilot Club of Lenexa, part of Pilot International, also works with KC Can, Johnson County Christmas Bureau, Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s Tiny Tim Gala, Meals on Wheels, and provide reflective stickers to grade schools in Lenexa at Halloween time.
Pilot International is a global organization of approximately 25,000 adult and youth members who are working together to improve the quality of life in local communities and throughout the world. A Pilot International service focus is helping people affected by brain-related disorders and disabilities through volunteer activities, projects and fundraisers. For more information on the Pilot club, contact Andrea Babb at 913-642-2279, or visit http://www.ksmodistrict.org/easternksmo/lenexa.html. Every year, 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury. An estimated 5.3 million Americans – a little more than 2 percent of the US population – currently live with disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury.

There are many different causes of brain injury including, but not limited to, car crashes, falls, assaults, sports-related mishaps, stroke, aneurysm, brain tumors, proximity to explosions, exposure to toxic substances and domestic or child abuse. A brain injury may result in impairments in one or more areas, including cognition; speech-language communication; memory; attention and concentration; reasoning; abstract thinking; physical functions; psychosocial behavior; and information processing.

If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury, the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City can help. Founded as a 501(c)(3) in 1982, its mission is to improve the quality of life for those affected by brain injury. For more information, please visit the website at www.biaks.org.

Helmets In Hands (HIH) LLC is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) prevention and helmet awareness company. HIH was created to assist youth and adults practicing extreme sports and wheel related activities (Skateboard, Longboard, and bike). Check out the many new things HIH is doing to help reach out in our extreme sports community at www.wearithih.com. Safe Kids Johnson County represents SafeKids Worldwide in this area. The emphasis is preventing any injuries to children – be it awareness of the dangers associated with a hot car, seat belt use, sports safety, and including protection inside the home. A part of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, they are headquartered in Olathe. Katie Schatte is the coordinator and can be reached at 913-477-8312.

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