Thank you for your interest in Coolibar’s 2014 Athlete Sponsorship Program. If you are passionate about an outdoor sport and want to show others how easy it is to be SunAWARE, we’re looking for you.
Visit our FAQ page and profiles of 2013 Coolibar Outdoor Athletes, then fill out this online application form. All fields are required except where noted as optional. Once you click submit you won’t be able to make any modifications, so we suggest you compose your answers in a separate document, then cut and paste into the fields.
The last day to apply for our sponsorship program is Sunday, January 26, 2014.
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Thanks for applying! We can’t wait to get to know you better!
Coolibar is the leader in sun protection, celebrating healthy, sunny living. Whether your life is at the water, on the mountain, or on the court, we want to know about the extraordinary things you’re doing outdoors (sun safe) and share it with our community. So bring on the sunshine, because it’s no match for Coolibar athletes. Please read below for answers to frequently asked questions about our program and a link to the application form.
How does Coolibar work with each athlete?
In general, sponsorships last for one (1) year, during which each athlete receives an allotment of Coolibar UPF 50+ clothing, sun hats, and sunscreen relevant to his or her athletic endeavor. We ask sponsored athletes to put our products to the test, and then tell us what works and how we can improve.
Sponsored athletes are also featured on The Coolibar Blog and will share their inspiration and expertise with the Coolibar community. Photos and/or videos are a must to help tell your story!
What are your criteria for selecting sponsored athletes?
When selecting our athletes, we look for characteristics and values that reflect those of Coolibar’s and our diversity of customers including:
ACTIVE AND HEALTH CONSCIOUS: Coolibar’s customers are very sun conscious yet active outdoors. They take on their passions responsibly, always with their health and well-being in mind.
COMMITTED TO ACTIVITY OR CAUSE: Many people have a lifelong love of their outdoor activity. A Coolibar athlete takes his or her passion to the next level and shares their successes with others. They lead by example and are willing to help educate those around them.
BRIGHT: If you’re friendly and eager to interact with Coolibar, we’re excited to work with you.
How do I apply for sponsorship?
Apply for sponsorship through our online application. Applications for 2014 sponsorship close at midnight CST on Sunday, January 26, 2014.
I applied for 2014 sponsorship. When will I hear something about the status of my application?
Following the close of 2014 applications, our sponsorship review team will review each applicant. We’re not able to respond to every applicant personally, but in the weeks following the close of applications we’ll contact our top candidates and announce the 2014 roster in February.
Have you ever wanted to meet the creative mind behind Coolibar’s beautiful UPF50+ designs? Would you like to have an opportunity to tell her what you’re looking for and ask for styling advice?
Now’s your chance! Coolibar proudly presents Olga Mashkova, Coolibar Design Director of Women & Children’s for a face to face chat, live on Coolibar’s facebook wall. Olga will be standing by to answer all your burning (pun intended) questions on Coolibar fashion, sun protection and travel. To participate, just click onto the Coolibar facebook page and post away. Everyone is welcome.
We visited with thousands of pediatricians who stopped by our booth to learn more about Coolibar and sun protective clothing. Coolibar was new to many of you and you asked technical questions on the UV protection level offered by our fabrics. Read more on our testing standards here.
After spending a weekend at the conference, it was clear that pediatricians from across the county are concerned with sun protection, not just those coming from year-round sunny locations. The interest and dedication to the prevention of sun related diseases and ailments is outstanding. Building sun safe habits in childhood leads to a lifetime of healthy skin and our nation’s pediatricians are committed to making this a reality. Thank you docs!
Looking forward to meeting you again next year in San Diego.
Tomorrow, Coolibar will be heading off to sunny Florida to visit the great Pediatricians of America. So we invited guest Denise Preskitt, a seasoned Walt Disney World explorer and blogger at MouseSteps, to let us in on a few of her favorite attractions and why staying sun protected at the parks matters. So grab your mouse ears and get excited!
Keeping my skin safe in the sun has long been important to me, but it wasn’t always. On yearly family trips to Walt Disney World as a child, I didn’t know much about sun protection and ended up with blistering sunburns. In my 30’s, my dermatologist introduced me to sun protective clothing. I spend several days or more per week at Walt Disney World and neighboring parks. It’s very important to me that I wear my Coolibar shirts during daylight hours to prevent additional skin cancers (as I’ve had a pre-melanoma spot removed), and the clothes save me money on sunscreen! Almost everything I own works at night as well.
I started my website, MouseSteps, in 2007 to share my experiences at Florida’s theme parks. Here is a look at one day at Walt Disney World. No two days are the same!
This October, I won a tour of the Fantasyland castles at the Magic Kingdom with an imagineer (a person who devises and implements a new or highly imaginative concept or technology in Walt Disney theme parks). Upon arrival, we, along with other breakfast guests, headed to Cinderella’s Royal Table and The Crystal Palace. Cinderella’s Castle is already decorated in lights for Christmas, which begins at Walt Disney World in early November.
Jeff, my husband, and I learned a fun details about Fantasyland during the tour – like that the castle walls start showing battle scars on the way to Be Our Guest Restaurant. Be Our Guest Restaurant is the most sought-after restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, both for lunch and dinner. Guests can purchase fun goodies from the movie, such as The Grey Stuff, during dinner.
After breakfast, our group then headed to the Cinderella Castle Suite. A 30,000 mosaic tile of Cinderella’s coach is part of the foyer floor, where Cinderella’s crown and glass slipper are also on display. Stained glass artwork shares the story of Cinderella. Each piece of furniture, and every mirror and decoration look like they were made just for the suite.
After our tour, we spent an hour taking photos inside the Magic Kingdom. The rides we enjoy most often at the Magic Kingdom are The Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan and Pirates of the Caribbean. Halloween decorations line Main Street, although it will be just a couple of weeks until Christmas shows up! There is a Christmas pumpkin displayed during Halloween that is one of my favorites.
Our day wasn’t quite finished, as we wanted to go to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. The Villas weren’t open yet, but will officially debut on October 23rd (in time for the AAP!). Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is Walt Disney World’s flagship resort, and this is the newest Disney Vacation Club offering.
On a final note, living in Florida, sun protection is extremely important, and I’m so glad I found Coolibar! It travels so well, whether it’s in my gym bag or luggage on vacation, Coolibar is lightweight and dries quickly. I hope you come to Florida soon (with your sun protection of course) and take advantage of all the fun Orlando has to offer.
Coolibar sun protection clothing is excited to attend the Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 30 – October 2, 2013. After manufacturing UPF clothing for over 12 years, we’re looking forward to introducing our line of Coolibar sun protective clothing to Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) for the first time!
Good health stems from good, preventative living – the premise of Osteopathic medicine. DOs concentrate on treating a person as a whole versus specific symptoms, viewing everything in and outside the body (including skin) as interconnected.
According to the American Osteopathic Association, DOs are the fastest growing and most active segment of healthcare professionals in the US. As complete physicians of medicine, DOs specialize in all the major specialties, including family practice and dermatology. While DOs help treat symptoms, they also teach patients how to prevent illness and injury by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. While there are currently over 52,000 DOs, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, it’s a relatively new practice being first introduced a little over 100 years ago.
Every fall, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota hosts a Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run in various cities throughout Minnesota as an opportunity to raise public awareness and show support for those with lupus. Chris Cronick, 2013 LFM ambassador, had the opportunity to attend the first of three walks this past Saturday in Minneapolis, MN. Chris shares her heartfelt appreciation for the support and education stemming from the first community event highlighting lupus.
We just wrapped up the 16th annual Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run/Walk here in the Twin Cities last weekend. Since its inception in 1998, the Lupus Walk for Hope has generated over a half a million dollars that has gone directly to fund lupus research. The event was a huge success with record breaking attendance of over 1,000 runners and walkers. Many smiling faces, lots of camaraderie, positive energy flowed, and everyone donned purple for lupus awareness. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who participated. I was amazed at the love and support I felt that day. It’s definitely an experience I will never forget.
It was an absolutely perfect day. Festivities started at 9 a.m. with crispness in the air that reminded me fall is definitely here. It was about 50 degrees with a cool breeze and the sun brightly shinning. As you may have read in my last post about having lupus, as much as I love a beautiful day, the sun isn’t necessarily my BFF. We have a love/hate relationship.
Since being diagnosed with lupus, I need to strategize my game-plan for each day when it comes to sun exposure. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that attacks all sorts of organs in your body, including the largest organ, the skin. Aside from the sun causing a flare, approximately two-thirds of people with lupus will develop a type of skin disease called cutaneous lupus erythematous. Skin disease in lupus may cause rashes or sores (lesions), most of which will appear on sun-exposed areas such as the face, ears, neck, arms and legs. A high percentage of people find their disease is aggravated after being exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight or artificial light.
Thankfully, we can take preventative measures to stay sun safe outdoors:
• Seek shade, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. • Wear sun-protective clothing and broad-brimmed hats • Use plenty of broad-spectrum sunscreen, with at least SPF 30
The walk was held at French Regional Park in Plymouth, MN. Luckily, a well-shaded pavilion area was nestled right in the middle of the park. The walking trails were also covered with beautiful, large trees, so my husband Patrick and I both were able to stay out of the sun for a large portion of the day. When we were in the sun, we used sunscreen and wore our Coolibar clothes.
I took the layered approach and wore the women’s Fitness Jacket over the Vera Resort T-Shirt. He wore the men’s Fitness Jacket with his LFM running t-shirt and the men’s Fitness Pants. My team also sported purple feather boas and butterfly bandanas, Cronick’s Chronic Crue signature accessories. The clothes were absolutely perfect for the weather and occasion — light-weight, protective and comfortable. These items are our favorites.
Brian Guadagno, Narragansett Surf Rescue Senior Lifeguard Captain and founder of Raw Elements USA sunscreen, lives for days on the ocean. During his 17 years as an Ocean Rescue Lifeguard, he came to realize the damaging effects of environmental sun exposure and chemical sunscreens. Today, Guadagno continues to spend his days on the ocean in Rhode Island, protecting himself from the sun while encouraging his fellow rescue team and beach goers to stay SunAWARE as well.
“Summer 2013 was a huge success for Narragansett Surf Rescue,” said Guadagno. “Most importantly we have managed record numbers on our beach with great efficiency. To date we have logged over 200 rescues and assists of distressed swimmers and surfers.” The rescue team’s latest competition, the Waterman Eco-Challenge three mile ocean paddle, turned out to be a huge success thanks to some dedicated surfers, paddlers and great sun protection advocates. “Although the weather wasn’t the greatest, the event was awesome,” said Guadagno.
“I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled the entire 2013 Narragansett Surf Rescue team was to have their Coolibar hats this summer,” said Guadagno. “The crew wore them every day on the beach and throughout tournament competition. It was a great new look for our team and everyone took notice. Our Coolibar rash guards are an instrumental part of our gear as well, as you can see in the photos.”
Check out photos from the 2013 season and Coolibar testimonials from the team!
Coolibar extends a huge congratulations and two-thumbs up to the Narragansett Surf Rescue for a great season and a job well done on keeping our oceans safer to paddle in.
“I kayak 7 miles a day on the ocean for the past 3 years and I’ve never felt more protected from the sun as I did this year wearing my Coolibar hat. Simply awesome!” – Mike Florio, Narragansett Surf Rescue Lifeguard Captain
“The Coolibar hat this summer has been a lifesaver. Combining the hat with Raw Elements sunscreen has protected me from the sun’s harmful rays, which is a high priority for me and the whole Surf Rescue Team at Narragansett. Thank You Coolibar!” –Nicholas Batista, Narragansett Surf Rescue Lifeguard
“Our Coolibar hat and team rash guard were my everyday choices life-guarding this summer. Lightweight and quick drying, I always felt comfortable and totally protected under all conditions, especially during two immense heat waves. Thanks for your support of our team!” – Drew Schneider, Narragansett Surf Rescue PWC Team
About Raw Elements USA
Sunscreen gentle enough for use in infant care yet meets all the performance demands of the most extreme athletes. This is all delivered in an eco-safe, reef-safe, all natural formula. Raw Elements is the conscious consumer’s answer to safe, serious sun protection.
Excitement is building as the Western & Southern Tennis Open in Mason, OH wraps up this weekend, making way for the US Open! This tournament is the perfect venue to call attention to the number of hours both fans and players will be spending under the sun in the next few weeks. Coolibar has teamed up with the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation Sunscreen Squad and outfitted volunteers with UPF 50+ clothing to distribute sunscreen samples to remind attendees they need sun protection.
The hours spent on the tennis court, under the sun, add up. Some of the best players on the court have dedicated themselves to promoting skin cancer awareness and sun protection, including tennis pro Andy Caress. Andy, also founder of the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation (formerly Mela-KNOW-More), had one wish before his untimely passing from skin cancer at age 24, to tell people the message of his life – “People should know more about melanoma.” Andy’s family and volunteers continue to spread the message of early detection and sun protection, especially at events Andy was passionate about.
Last year, ACMF Sunscreen Squad volunteers passed out 45,000 sunscreen packets and distributed 10 gallons of sunscreen to spectators, athletes, ball kids and volunteers throughout the grounds at the 2012 Western & Southern Tennis Open. They, along with Coolibar, hope to knock last year’s record out of the court!
The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, through awareness, education and support of research to find a cure.
The Sunscreen Squad is a program designed to distribute sunscreen at public events and tennis and swim clubs around the country. Gallon sunscreen dispensers will be installed in as many locations as possible. Donations fund this effort directly.