The Grand Rapids Griffins want their young fans to always safe so they do a really cool event a couple times a year to ensure that.

Today, August 6th, the Griffins, alongside Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids, will be hosting "Put a Lid on It" where they will be handing out free bike helmets to kids. The event will take place at the Grand Rapids Public Library on Madison Ave SE. from 2p-3p. 100 helmets will be handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis to kids between 1 and 12-years-old.

Kids are asked to take a pledge to always wear their helmet when riding their bike or doing any other type of wheeled sport. After a child takes their pledge, they'll also receive a voucher for a pair of free tickets to a Griffins game and will also be entered in a raffle to win a new bike for free.

The Griffins started the program in 2004 to promote helmet safety and reduce the risk of injuries. Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in bike accidents and wearing a helmet reduces brain injury by 88%, per Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

In recognition of their efforts, the Griffins were honored as the recipient of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan's 2007 Prevention Award.

A parent or guardian must be present with the child in order to receive the helmet.

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The Grand Rapids Griffins will be back on the ice for the 2021-2022 season on October 15th. Their home opener will be against the Rockford IceHogs from Chicago. Tickets have not gone on sale yet but you can be notified here.

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