Local author teaches kids helmet safety



“The Big Race” teaches kids about helmet safety

NEW BREMEN — A local author just finished a 14-stop speaking tour in New Bremen promoting her newest book, “The Big Race”, a children’s book about helmet safety.

Alexis Richter, 21, a recent neuropsychology graduate of the University of Cincinnati, spoke to hundreds of students, grades K-4, about the importance of helmet safety. She wants kids to know, “You can have fun and still be safe!”

“This is important to me, because it’s my background (studying the brain). I’m going to be working with brain injuries and if I can do something to prevent brain injuries, I will,” Richter said.

Richter graduated from New Bremen in 2012 and entered college as a sophomore because of all the college credits she had earned. After being crowned Miss West Central Ohio last August, she set her mind on helping to prevent brain injuries early.

Ritcher said a big part of Miss America is working with children’s hospitals, so she thought it would be a good way to combine both of her worlds. So far she has won $7,000 in scholarships and she leaves for the Miss Ohio Scholarship Program next week.

After a little break, Richter will be pursuing a career in pediatric neurology in medical school next fall. She recognizes that helmet safety is a very crucial element to helping to prevent brain injuries, especially in children.

“The Big Race” by Richter is available on Amazon.com and on Richter’s website, head4acause.com. More information about booking her to speak to a group about helmet safety and/or concussion awareness can be found at head4acause.com.

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