Ian’s death was the result of a traumatic brain injury sustained during a skateboarding accident. It was one of Ian’s first attempts at riding a long board (a longer variant of a skateboard) and he was not wearing a helmet. He lost control and hit his head on the curb. Ian was in a coma for 2 weeks before passing away on October 5th, 2008. Ian’s Foundation seeks to provide a platform by which San Antonio’s youth are exposed to consequences of accidental trauma, encouraged to engage in activities and behavior aligned with personal safety, and pursue individual academic excellence.
No one wants to attend the funeral of a child…..especially a death that could be prevented. It is our hope to increase helmet safety awareness in San Antonio and the surrounding areas and through education and the media that we expose the youth to the consequences of accidental trauma and help them make wise choices to engage in activities and behavior that will prevent future accidents and keep our youth safe.
What IF more kids wore helmets?
STRAPS was inspired by Ian’s Foundation as a way to allow everyone in San Antonio with physical disabilities to enjoy the game of soccer.
STRAPS offers Power Soccer for those individuals age 4 and up that are confined to a power wheelchair. It is the only sport offered in San Antonio for these individuals.
Skateboarding injuries send 26,000 people to emergency rooms each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children can suffer severe injuries when they fall from a skateboard.
Bicycle injuries account for more than 300,000 American kids each year going to the Emergency Room. Some injuries are minor, but some children sustain head injuries or broken bones.