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STATE COLLEGE: The Kevin Dare Foundation is giving away free helmets to residents of Central Pennsylvania. The KD PRO helmet, valued at nearly $100, was developed and manufactured in partnership with Simpson Racing. The helmet meets and exceeds ASTM requirements for snow sports, skateboarding, and pole vaulting. The helmets are also being used for bicycling, rock-climbing, and equestrian riding.

"During some of the events where the helmets are being distributed, we have also been asked to speak about head injury in sports, including concussion prevention and signs of a concussion, and reaction times and treatment for injured youth. This talk is proving to be especially useful for parents and coaches", said Samantha Russell, director of the Kevin Dare Foundation.

According to Russell, "the foundation will continue to give out helmets free of charge until we have exhausted our supply. Parents, coaches, scouts, youth leaders and anyone else may contact us to arrange for helmets. Their are two versions of the helmets, and both versions offer inserts to create a more custom fit.

The Kevin Dare Foundation is named for Kevin Dare, a Penn State national champion pole vaulter who died while competing at the Big Ten Men's championships in Minnesota in 2002. The Foundation's work is centered around four key areas: Sports education and awareness, student athlete safety, community engagement, and scholarships for injured and ill athletes.

More information can be found at Or you may contact Samantha Russell directly at: 814-231-2249 or

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