PLANO (Dec. 20, 2013) — The Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County and City House will be the recipients of new kids’ bicycles and helmets thanks to a generous donation by the Plano Bicycle Association (PBA) and Texas Medical Association (TMA).

Through a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County, City House and the assistance of PBA members and the Texas Medical Association, the PBA was able to purchase, assemble and deliver new bicycles and helmets to help less fortunate children in our community.  Without these bikes, these kids may not get to experience the joy and the freedom of riding a bike, which most kids take for granted.

Helmets are being provided through the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program. Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible through a grant from TMA Foundation thanks to top donors – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, and two anonymous foundations – and generous gifts from physicians and their families and friends of medicine.

“Since 2008, Plano Bicycle Association has been pleased to continue its annual tradition of donating bicycles to those less fortunate in our community,” said PBA Director of Advocacy Alex DuLaney. "Texas Medical Association has been a valued partner and we look forward to increasing our donations in the coming years.”

“Through the generous efforts of our club members, sponsors and great partners like the Texas Medical Association, we are reaching more than four times as many kids as did when we started the program,” said PBA President Andrew Hoodwin.

 

About the Boys & Girls Club of Collin County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County provides more than 7,500 area children and teenagers with a safe place to learn and grow in the vulnerable hours between school and home, without regard to social, racial, ethnic or religious background. Visit bgccc.org.

About City House

City House is dedicated to providing homeless children and teens in North Texas with emergency shelter and transitional residential services. Visit cityhouse.org.

About the Texas Medical Association

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible through a grant from the association’s philanthropic arm, the TMA Foundation, thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, and an anonymous foundation — and gifts from physicians and their families. Since the program began, physicians and their families have given away more than 130,000 helmets to Texas children. TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 46,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

About the Plano Bicycle Association

The Plano Bicycle Association (PBA) is a non-profit bicycle club located in Plano with 600 plus cyclists. The PBA’s mission is to foster a safe and fun group riding experience for PBA members, and to promote cycling education and bicycle advocacy in the North Texas area. For more information, visit planobicycle.org. “Come Ride With Us”™