The Kailee Mills Foundation, in cooperation with the Klein Independent School District, will participate in a community event to raise awareness about seat belt safety.
Fans headed to tonight’s Friday night football game between district rivals Klein Collins and Klein Oak High Schools will have more to cheer about than just the drama on the field, as the Kailee Mills Foundation sponsors a community seat belt awareness event called “Wave to Save Lives” during the evening’s activities.
The foundation will distribute 10,000 mint green fan towels sporting the foundation logo to game attendees as they enter Klein Memorial Stadium prior to the 7 p.m. game. Fans will use the towels to cheer for their respective teams and do coordinated “towel waves” around the stadium while raising awareness for seat belts at the same time. Coaches, players, and cheerleaders will also display the mint green towels. Public service announcement videos and images will be shown on the stadium’s video board encouraging seat belt use by all. The event is funded in part by a grant from State Farm Insurance.
Nearly a year ago, sixteen-year-old Klein Collins High School student Kailee Mills was killed just blocks from her home in Spring in a single vehicle rollover accident. Riding in the back seat, she briefly unbuckled her seat belt just prior to the accident and was thrown from the vehicle. Her three teen companions were wearing their belts and survived unharmed.
Kailee’s parents, David and Wendy Mills of Spring, subsequently established the non-profit Kailee Mills Foundation to carry the message of seat belt use and traffic safety to teens everywhere. The foundation works in the community to raise safety awareness, award college scholarships to youth affected by the loss of a parent or sibling in a motor vehicle accident and provide aid to families who have lost a child in a similar manner.