Get out on the water and go fish equipped like a professional angler!
Coolibar Athlete and Pro Angler Chad Grigsby and Coolibar are teaming up to put on a fishing gear giveaway! One lucky winner will receive UPF 50+ Coolibar Sunwear ($100 value) and a fishing reel ($250 value)! See entry form and terms below. Good luck!
A recent study of elementary school children shows that it is possible to instill effective sun protection behaviors at an early age, helping to limit the cumulative sun damage that causes health problems later in life. So make sure your children, or grandchildren, take a sun hat along with their school supplies the first day of school.
Last spring Coolibar conducted our second annual School Sun Hat Contest, distributing free sun hats to five winning classrooms across the US. Meet our 2010 winners below. If you’d like to help create a top SunAWARE initiative in your school for the 2010/11 school year, learn how by reading more about our school sun hat program.
School Sun Hat Contest Winners
Catherine teaches at a Title l school, which means that 85% of the population is below the poverty line. The students and their parents were very impressed with the quality of the hats. Catherine learned of Coolibar from her father and has purchased items for her husband who has had issues with skin cancer.
Madeline has a rare medical condition which makes her sensitive to the sun. She has to protect herself from the sun whenever she is outdoors and with the recommendation from her dermatologist, has purchased sun-protective clothing from Coolibar. By winning the contest, all the children in her school were educated about the need for protection from the sun.
These students were excited to get the hats and wore them immediately for a lesson in the school garden. Students from other classes asked where the hats came from and Henry was proud to tell them he had won them for all his classmates. Henry’s mother found Coolibar several years ago when she was looking for sun protective clothing.
After being lectured from her pediatrician about protecting her twin daughters from too much sun, Alison ordered sun hats from Coolibar and received an entry form for the Sun Hat Contest in her box. From her own experience with skin cancer she is very careful about sun exposure and visits her dermatologist every 6 months. Her students were excited to win the sun hats – and very much needed. One student had missed two days of school after being badly sun burned. He took a hat and promised to never get sun burned again.
The students and teachers agree: These are great hats! Due to a medical condition that makes this contest winner sensitive to the sun, his mother had purchased sun-protective clothing from Coolibar and received an entry form with their purchase. The school nurse distributed the sun hats to the kids on the last day of school, just in time for summer vacation.
That’s exactly what Paul Ridley did last year when he set off from Africa toward South America, crossing the whole of the Atlantic Ocean, solo. The expedition and Row for Hope was an opportunity for Paul (and his sister Joy) to make a significant contribution to cancer research in memory of their mother, who lost her life to skin cancer in 2001.
While planning for his excursion, Paul turned to Coolibar for his sun protective clothing needs. We outfitted him with UPF 50+ hats, swimwear and shorts, to keep him protected from the intense sun for his 87 days on the ocean. Paul wore his Coolibar swim shirt during the heat of the day to stay cool, but rowed shirtless in the morning and at night. He was pleased at how incredibly breathable and fast-drying his shirt was.
A quote from Paul;
Some people have told me that making a difference in the fight against cancer is an impossible challenge. Others have said that rowing oceans requires impossible risk. Here at Row for Hope we know that together we possess the powerful combination of hope and determination that can prove them wrong.
Row for Hope, a public charity, partnered with Yale Cancer Center to fund cutting-edge cancer research. The $500,000 raised will help to expand the efforts of Dr. Mario Sznol, Vice-Chief of Medical Oncology and Co-Director of the Yale Cancer Center Melanoma Program.
If you would like to contribute, you can do so by visiting the Row for Hope website.
“As a mom I am delighted to share with other moms my discoveries of the greatest products I come across…and Coolibar certainly offers a few worth bragging about. I was looking for something sun protective for my baby that was bright and colorful and combined style with function. When I received my Coolibar catalog there were quite a few items that matched what I had in mind. I’ve purchased a couple of baby rompers, a hat for myself and some sunscreens and was very satisfied with the quality of the merchandise, quick delivery and samples I received with it. Living in Florida, we go to the beach often and I feel very confident that my baby is well protected from head to toe (see photo). I love those baby rompers, very functional and protective, not only from the sun, but also sand and other elements, kids usually get into. We always get so many compliments and inquiries of where we got them from. Way to go Coolibar, keep up the great work!!”
On the heels of the US Open, we wanted to call attention to the vast number of hours that tennis players spend in the sun, exposed to harmful UV. While we understand that sun protection is not your main focus while on the court there are some alarming statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation that tennis players cannot ignore.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old.
Jennifer Reinbold, a former pro tennis player who now coaches in Indianapolis spoke to the Skin Cancer Foundation about her experience. Jennifer competed in nine grand slam tournaments, reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1983 before losing to the eventual winner, Martina Navratilova.After years of sun exposure, and some incident with skin cancer, Jennifer practices what she preaches: Respect the sun!
“Q: Do you think the message about sun protection is getting through?”
“A: There is more sun awareness today. Most players I teach or play with wear sunscreen and have a hat in their tennis bags. However, they don’t usually reapply sunscreen when playing for extended periods. Also, just because they have a hat or visor doesn’t mean they use it! Many players don’t realize their scalps are as vulnerable as the rest of their bodies.”
Some of the best players on the court have dedicated themselves to promoting skin cancer awareness, including tennis pro Andy Caress. Before he lost his battle with melanoma last August, at the age of 25, he started the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation (formerly Mela-KNOW-More) to alert the world of the seriousness of Melanoma Skin Cancer and the dangers of the sun’s harmful rays. Andy said, “I did not understand that I was threatening my life when I went outside and did not wear sunscreen. I was 23 and figured I was way too young to worry about cancer.”
The good news is that there are simple SUNAWARE steps you can take to protect yourself from UV, and it’s never too late to start.
So grab your racquet, hat, UV T-shirt and sunscreen and hit the court! Protect yourself from the sun so you can concentrate on your game.
Over the years, we at Coolibar have been introduced to many “Movers and Shakers” in the world of sun protection and skin cancer prevention. We also have the most amazing customers who have inspired us with their stories of strength and determination.
We decided to create The Coolibar Blog as a place to bring all these voices together in one spot to share our collective experience of the best ways to live life safely in the sun.
We hope you enjoy our posts and contribute to the conversation.
Who is Coolibar anyway?
Coolibar is a sun protection clothing specialist. We see ourselves as an authority on all things related to sun protection, that’s what we do. We live, eat, sleep, and breathe sun protection. Essentially what we’re doing is we’re taking sunscreen ingredients and adding them into the manufacturing process, so that we’re embedding the sunscreen ingredients into the fabric.
Most of our customers have some health related reason for purchasing from us. There is a growing group of customers that purchase from us because they simply want to buy the best sun protective products they can get.