BayCare Clinic Foundation offering free snow sports helmets
Mon, Oct 30, 2017
GREEN BAY – It won’t be long before it’s time again for skiing, snowboarding, skating and other snow sports. For the BayCare Clinic Foundation, winter brings another opportunity to remind you about the importance of protecting your head.
To reinforce that message, the foundation will hand out about 300 free youth snow sport helmets during this weekend’s 47th annual Green Bay YMCA Ski & Sport Sale.
The event will be Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5, at the YMCA’s east side facility, 1740 S. Huron Road, Green Bay. The Saturday advance sale event is 6 to 8 p.m.; admission is $25 per family for the first 100 families registered in advance. The Sunday main event is 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; admission is $1 per person or $3 per family.
“Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death from sports-related injuries,” said Dr. Joseph Hodgson, president of the BayCare Clinic Foundation Board. “When you add slippery, snowy surfaces and speed, the opportunity for injury increases quickly. We hope to help reduce these risks by providing free snow sports helmets for youths.”
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons also points out the importance of snow sports helmets.
“According to a Johns Hopkins Medicine-led study, an estimated 10 million Americans ski or snowboard in the United States each year, with about 600,000 injuries reported annually,” the association said. “Severe head trauma accounts for about 20 percent of all skiing- and snowboarding-related injuries, and of those head injuries, 22 percent are severe enough to cause loss of consciousness or concussion. Head injuries are the most frequent cause of death and severe disability among skiers and snowboarders.”
The youth helmets (including sizes for teen-age recipients) will be available while supplies last. Children must be present for fitting.
The Ski & Sports Sale also will offer:
- Discounted new and gently used equipment
- Ski and snowboard equipment including boots, bindings, poles, downhill and cross-country skis and snowboards
- Discounted advance season lift tickets from area ski hills
Visit yskisale.com for more information.
About BayCare Clinic Foundation
BayCare Clinic Foundation is the philanthropic arm of BayCare Clinic, LLP. Its mission is to promote the health and well-being of Northeast Wisconsin residents. BayCare Clinic, www.baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With its 100-plus physicians, BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, serving clinical locations in 13 regional communities. Based in Green Bay, Wis., BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center.