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Local non-profit promoting helmet safety wins $20K grant

A local non-profit organization dedicated to keeping children safe by providing helmets, received a $20,000 grant on Friday morning.

The 4Shayj Foundation received the “Best Pitch” grant from Thursday’s annual Regional Access Project (RAP) conference in Cathedral City.

The non-profit was founded by Shaun Clark, who was at a La Quinta Middle School teaching students the importance of helmet safety.

Just over two years ago his son was struck and killed while skateboarding in Indio.

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“It’s unbelievable how many kids are injured every day while riding a skateboard or bicycle without having a helmet on. There are 5 kids every minute who either die or receive brain damage while not wearing a helmet, our son lost his life,” Clark said.

Clark hopes the foundation changes the way helmet safety is perceived by students in elementary and middle schools.

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