COLUMBUS, OHIO – In recognition of Columbus' new city ordinance requiring individuals younger than 18 years of age to wear a sport helmet while riding bikes and scooters, skateboarding or in-line skating, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation will donate 500 Blue Jackets-branded helmets to kids attending the second annual "National Night Out" event on Saturday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Krumm Park and Recreation Center. Blue Jackets mascot Stinger and volunteers from Nationwide Children's Hospital will be on site to distribute 500 free, properly fitted sport helmets to kids and teens that complete a brief safety course. The city's new ordinance takes effect on Sunday, July 19.
Each year, the Blue Jackets Foundation and Nationwide Children's Hospital team up with Columbus' Neighborhood Pride Program, along with the city's Division of Fire and Division of Police, to distribute Blue Jackets-branded sport helmets to area youth visiting the hospital as a result of head traumas. The donation at Saturday's event promoting police-community partnerships marks the Foundation's largest single distribution since the program's inception. Since 2001, the Foundation has donated more than 26,000 helmets to advance the mission of children's health and safety and to make wearing a Blue Jackets helmet a popular choice for kids and teens.
Further extensions of the Foundation's sport helmet program include distribution at select Columbus city fire stations and at the Chiller Ice Rinks where young ice skaters are encouraged to wear the sport helmets during public skate and class sessions. As an incentive for kids families demonstrating safe recreation this summer, Columbus city police will be on the lookout this summer for kids who are wearing their helmets while bike riding. Those spotted practicing bike safety will be rewarded with a "ticket" for a frozen treat from participating Dairy Queen locations.
To learn more about the Blue Jackets Foundation's sport helmet program or any other Foundation’s many charitable initiatives, visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.
About the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation
The Blue Jackets Foundation was founded in March 2000 and has since donated over $2.3 million to local non-profit organizations dedicated to one or more of its main pillars of giving: pediatric cancer, education, children's health and safety and the development of youth and amateur hockey.
About National Night Out
National Night Out is a program of the National Association of Town Watch designed to promote police-community partnerships; heighten crime, drug and violence awareness; generate support for anti-crime efforts; build neighborhood unity and send the message to criminals that neighborhoods are fighting back. The day-long event will kick off a series of Neighborhood Pride events to be hosted by neighborhoods throughout Columbus which will provide the opportunity for children to get out and put their helmets to good use by playing safely in their neighborhood this summer.