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Racine & Me, April 8st, 2017: Helmets to Heal, Racine Police Chief Art Howell, Racine Zoo’s Egg-Stravaganza

If you have an idea for the program contact Jacob Kittilstad at racineandme@cbs58.com or 414-242-5617

Jacob Kittilstad used his platform to address Tony Romo directly and welcome him to the world of broadcasting. Romo is a Burlington-native and although he got a lot of in-front-of-the-camera experience as Quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, he might not know all the tricks Jake knows.

Staying on the topic of football, the executive director of “Helmets to Heal” joined Jacob in-studio to talk about his organization’s mission to lower the number of youth concussions in the sport. The group has already given out sixty updated helmets to youth football teams in the Racine area, and they hope to add to that amount in 2017. They are also working to get a program into the hands of athletic trainers that can test athletes for concussions on the sidelines by using a simple iPad app. Click here to learn more

Next, Racine’s Chief of Police talked about the department’s newly-developed partnership with the Racine Unified School District. Joined by the deputy superintendent of schools, the pair talked about how community policing tactics can be applied in high schools – resulting in a better rapport with students while reducing the number of serious issues. Racine’s police chief said by using the same strategy in neighborhoods is what has allowed them to hit record low amounts of crime in the city in 2016.  Racine’s Chief of Police also promoted the new historical exhibit installed in the lobby of the public safety building which features old uniforms, tools, and a lie-detector machine.

Lastly, representatives from the Racine Zoo brought Myrtle the Turtle onto the program to promote their upcoming Egg-Stravaganza event. The zoo will be offering kids an alternative to an Easter Egg hunt that operates more like trick-or-treating. Zoo officials also talked about their planned Mother’s Day Brunch which has tickets on sale now. Click here to learn more

Guests: Kyle Oppenheimer – Helmets to Heal Executive Director, Tyler Nehaus – Racine Youth Sports Program Director, Chief Art Howell – Racine Police Department, Dr. Eric Gallien – Racine Unified School District Deputy Superintendent, Lt. William Macemon – Racine Police Department, Beth Heidorn – Racine Zoo Executive Director, Aszya Summers – Racine Zoo Education Manager

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