Young skiers were treated to a free helmet today at Mont Ripley in Hancock.
The helmets were provided through a $3,000 grant to Portage Health and an additional $2,000 from Dr. Craig Coccia of Marquette General Health System’s Brain & Spine Center.
Mont Ripley general manager Nick Sirdenis says the helmets really do make a difference.
He says 18% of the accidents on the hill this year have involved people suffering concussion-like symptoms.
Sirdenis says most of those victims were snowboarders, and only one of those snowboarders was wearing a helmet.
More than 200 helmets were donated, plenty for every student in the program to get a free ski helmet if they don’t already own one.
Posted by: Mike Hoey