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Aces Ballpark hosts ‘Save Your Skull Day’
by Tribune Staff
Jul 13, 2012 | 1400 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Renown Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares present the Kohl’s Save Your Skull Day at the Reno Aces Ballpark. The game is this Sunday, July 15, 1:05 p.m. vs. Salt Lake City.

Children who attend will get free ice cream in a mini collectible batting helmet. Messages on ways to “save your skull” will be featured throughout the game.

A demonstration on how to “save you skull” will be featured during the ceremonial opening pitch and with activities between innings. Sunday is also Renown Children’s Hospital’s Family Funday, so there will be free face painting and Baseball Bingo.

Ryan Bauman, a senior at Galena High School, will be throwing out the first pitch at the game. Nearly two years ago, Bauman landed on the lucky side of an icy ski slope snowboarding. His best friend since kindergarten didn’t. The boys weren’t wearing helmets, and a head injury claimed his friend’s life.

Since then, Bauman has been an advocate for the Kohl’s Save Your Skull program. He helped create an educational video and leads by example—he’s never without a helmet to ski, board, bike or play lacrosse.

“If I can save just one kid’s life, I’ll know I made a difference,” Bauman said.

Also during the game, Kohl’s Cares will present nurses and medical professionals from the Kohl’s Save Your Skull program at Renown Children’s Hospital with a check presentation and donation of $67,473. Since 2005, local Kohl’s stores have raised nearly $360,000 for the local program to educate children and families about how to prevent head injuries.

 The year-round Kohl’s Save Your Skull program visits local schools and events like the UNR Ski Swap and Baby Expo to promote seatbelt, helmet and pedestrian safety as well as teaches kids about the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence.

Ticket prices vary. Visit renoaces.com for more information.

About Kohl’s “Save Your Skull” Program

In 2005, volunteers and nurses in the pediatric intensive care unit at Renown Health learned about the Kohl’s Cares program, which partners with children’s hospitals to provide health and education services. (Kohl’s has raised more than $208 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program). Hoping to fund a more substantial program that didn’t depend wholly on volunteers, Renown applied for a grant. As the region’s only children’s hospital, and the only facility with a pediatric intensive care unit, Renown was a natural grant recipient and the application fit. Now, the program is a repeat beneficiary.
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