Tyler Nicholson supports helmet use through Parachute’s Brain Day

Program teaches kids how to keep their brains safe

NORTH BAY, March 17, 2014 – The twists and turns in life can be interesting.  And one of those turns happened today when Tyler Nicholson returned to St. Hubert Catholic Elementary School.  This time, Tyler was not a student in Ms. Callahan’s class.  He attended his former teacher’s class as a member of Canada’s Snowboard Team, encouraging students to participate in Parachute’s Brain Day. 

A strong proponent of helmet use, with a cracked helmet to show for it, the 2013 World Junior Championships Gold Medalist in slopestyle, used the occasion to reinforce with students that they should always wear a helmet whether playing, training or competing.

“You only get one brain in life so use it and look after it.  Parachute’s Brain Day is a great way to learn more about it.  By learning more about your brain, you will learn why it is actually cool to wear a helmet,” Nicholson told the children.  “I get stoked for every run I take but I would never do any of it without a helmet.”

“We are excited to have Tyler encourage students to participate in Brain Day,” said Louise Logan, President and CEO of Parachute.  "It is wonderful to have someone involved in sports who will devote time and energy to teaching young people the importance of safety and wearing a helmet,” said Dr. Charles Tator, Board member of Parachute and founder of ThinkFirst.  “With this type of direct teaching in schools, we hope to keep kids out of harm and living long lives to the fullest.”

Parachute’s full Brain Day program will be taught to students at St. Hubert’s School on March 18 by a volunteer in 3rd year of the Nipissing University Community Health Nursing Program.  Last year, Brain Day reached over 18,000 students across Canada engaging more than 1,100 volunteers.  Numbers this year are anticipated to be higher with the program taking place across Canada in March, April and May.

About Tyler Nicholson

Tyler Nicholson is a native of North Bay and a member of the Canadian Snowboard Team in Slopestyle.  As the Gold Medallist at the recent 2013 World Junior Championships in Turkey, Tyler is the youngest and newest addition to the team.  While he narrowly missed attending the Sochi Olympics, he is viewed as an Olympic hopeful for the 2018 Winter Games.  An avid participant in wakeboarding and motocross outside of snowboarding, Tyler is an advocate for helmet use having experienced first hand the value of helmets in his sporting career.

About Brain Day

Parachute’s Brain Day is a fun, interactive neurosciences program for children in grades 4-6 that introduces students to the parts of the brain, wonders of the nervous system, and why it is important to protect them.  Led by local volunteers, Parachute’s Brain Day turns the classroom into a laboratory where students become sense explorers, conducting science experiments involving the five senses that tie into lessons in neuroanatomy and the fragility of this amazing system.  An example is the Jell-O brain where students study the lobes of the brain learning that the brain has the same consistency as gelatin and is protected by a skull that is only as thick as a pencil.  For more information, see http://www.parachutecanada.org/programs/topic/C55.

About Parachute

Parachute  is a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. Parachute officially came into being in July 2012 and unites the former organizations of Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada into one leader in injury prevention. Parachute’s injury prevention solutions, knowledge mobilization, public policy and social awareness efforts are designed to help Canadians reduce their risks of injury while achieving Parachute’s vision of an injury-free Canada where Canadians enjoy long lives lived to the fullest. See us on Twitter, or join us on Facebook.

Media Contacts

Karen Fricker, Parachute