The Sun SafeTee Program has created a consortium of golf organizations to deliver a consistent, informative, and branded message of sun protection from the time someone enters the game of golf as a child, into high school, through college, and beyond. Some of the groups joining Sun SafeTee in this effort include as follows:
- The Men’s Collegiate Golf Coaches and the Women’s Collegiate Golf Coaches integrate Sun SafeTee into their golf programs (www.collegiategolf.com).
- The American Junior Golf Association is a partner with The Sun SafeTee Program (www.ajga.org).
- The First Tee has designated Sun SafeTee as their National Sun Protection Content Provider. Each year over 400,000 young people participate in The First Tee programs (www.thefirsttee.org).
- The United States Golf Association invited Sun SafeTee to participate in the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, California, and again in the 2011 U.S. Open at Bethesda, Maryland (www.usga.org).
- The Callaway Junior World Golf Championships entrusted us to provide sun protection education materials to over 1,300 junior golfers from around the globe (www.juniorworldgolf.com).
- The Ladies Professional Golf Association has invited us to do seminars for them (www.lpga.com).
- The Southern California Golf Association has 160,000 members, and we provide content and education for their members (www.scga.org)
- The Tiger Woods Learning Center regularly invites Sun SafeTee to conduct sun protection education seminars for their students (www.twlc.org).
- Legendary Teaching Professional Jim Hardy, a “PGA Teacher of the Year,” has endorsed The Sun SafeTee Program.
- Sun SafeTee board member and dermatologist Curt Littler, MD, is the son of PGA Tour player and U.S. Open Champion Gene Littler.
Recently, with the help of a group of PGA Tour players, we produced a DVD that discusses the different ways on how a golfer should protect himself in the sun. One video demonstrates how golfers can apply sunscreen and not have to worry about it affecting their ability to hold on to the golf club (a major reason golfers do not like to use sunscreen). The professional golfers that helped with this project include Hunter Mahan, Scott McCarron, Johnson Wagner, Chris Stroud, and Charles Warren. You can view the videos on our website at www.sunsafetee.org/video-page.php.
The Sun SafeTee Program conducts programs nationwide. Last year, we held skin cancer screenings in Georgia, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee. Future events are planned in additional states.
HOW CAN DERMATOLOGY NURSES HELP
First and foremost, please let your patients and colleagues know about us so that we can help provide golfers with resources for their sun protection. Our website not only has good basic information but also has instructional videos that are specifically geared toward the golfing public. They can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Because of the great reception that our message has received, we are in need of volunteers with a dermatology background. We are looking for dermatologists and dermatology nurses that would be willing to provide any of the following assistance:
- participate in skin cancer screenings in your area,
- conduct Sun SafeTee educational programs in your area,
- provide talks to junior and collegiate golf organizations, and
- help with fund raising and sponsorships.
We would not ask you to commit to more time than you are comfortable with.
The rewards of volunteering come in many different forms. For some, it is strictly about education, prevention, and detection of skin cancer; for others, it is the pleasure of interacting with the next generation of golfers and watching their skills develop. Some volunteers enjoy building relationships within the golf community, and for some, they see it as a business development tool for their practice. Whatever your motivation is, you will find volunteering with Sun SafeTee to be enjoyable and rewarding.
If you would like to volunteer with Sun SafeTee, to provide a suggestion for a sponsor, or to learn more about the organization, please contact Mark Wishner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858.794.5457. Thank you!
Keywords:© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
Golf; Skin Cancer; Sun Protection