|Baseball is back, and as fans head out to the ballpark to enjoy spring training in Scottsdale this year, they will do so with a little extra help from the Shade Foundation to stay safe in the sun.The Shade Foundation, the only national foundation devoted to children’s skin cancer and prevention, is teaming up with the Scottsdale Charros to provide 500 bottles of sunscreen and specially-branded Shade Foundation UV Frisbees to baseball fans at San Francisco Giants home games at Scottsdale Stadium.
“The Scottsdale Charros are a great group, doing a lot of good in the local community,” said James Norton, chair of the Shade Foundation Board of Directors.
“The Shade Foundation is thrilled to be able to partner with them and help spread the message of sun safety to baseball fans this spring. As always, we’re encouraging baseball fans to limit the sun, but not the fun, when they head out the ballpark.”
Charro Patron Tim Cowdrey noted, “The Charros want to do everything we can to support a healthy and happy community in Scottsdale, and we’re grateful for this partnership with The Shade Foundation.”
The Shade Foundation, the Children’s Skin Cancer Education & Prevention Foundation, is the only national children’s foundation devoted to skin cancer education and prevention. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2002 after founder Shonda Schilling’s battle with malignant melanoma, its mission is to prevent skin cancer and eradicate melanoma through the education of children, parents, educators and the community throughout the USA and territories.
Each year, the Shade Foundation sponsors a national poster contest to promote sun safety education for elementary-aged students. The deadline for submitting posters for this year’s contest is April 1.
As part of this effort, the Shade Foundation is leading a national informational campaign to promote sun safety awareness starring its mascots, Summer and Jake (“the Shade Kids”), fictional third-grade characters students can easily relate to and follow on social media.
Formed in 1961, the Charros are an all-volunteer, nonprofit group of business and civic leaders who support sports, education and charitable causes in the Scottsdale area. Spring training is their premier annual fundraising event.
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