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.
The Coolibar office is a buzz this week. We’re all looking forward to a long Thanksgiving weekend, a time dedicated to giving thanks. Some of us will travel far and some just across town to share a home cooked meal with our loved ones. But before we’re off, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on what we’re thankful for at Coolibar.
At Coolibar, we are thankful for…
A fantastic work environment
You may not know that our Minnesota office is home to our entire team. That means our customer service, distribution, marketing, creative and design teams are all under the same roof. We have the unique opportunity to interact with each other daily, reinforcing our shared passion for sun protection – which makes for a fun & engaging work environment.
A SunAWARE message that’s being heard Skin cancer rates continue to rise, making it the most common cancer in the United States and UV exposure is a leading cause. Skin protection is the easiest method to not only fight skin cancer but also protect from the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging. As celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Charlize Theron and Kevin Nealon are in the media discussing the need for skin protection the public is tuning in and trading in their tan for a wide brimmed hat and rash guard.
You, our passionate customers
Coolibar customers are the best! You’re smart, passionate and loyal and keep us happily coming to work every day. You started a dialog (before social media) and challenge us to evolve and become even more relevant to your daily lives. Thank you!
Enjoy the holiday, spend time with your loved ones and remember what you’re thankful for.
From all of us at Coolibar, Happy Thanksgiving!
Like most companies, Coolibar employees are busy. They devote the majority of their waking hours to Coolibar yet still make time to travel, explore and do the things they love. A true testament to our brand is when an employee takes Coolibar along on their adventure and returns with an even greater enthusiasm for our products and mission. Such is the case with Seth.
Meet Coolibar employee Seth Epstein. Seth has been with us for roughly 8 years in various rolls and currently reports to the Interactive Marketing Department. He recently had the opportunity to not only visit the Philippines but be guided by a resident, a friend serving in the Peace Corps. He took Coolibar with him and shares his thoughts on its usefulness.
My travel buddy (who also happens to be Coolibar’s IT Director) and I packed our favorite Coolibar apparel and even gathered some items to share with my 2 friends living in the Philippines. Despite knowing I work for Coolibar, Gina insisted on reminding me about the importance of sun protection. They had been using massive amount of sunscreen to prevent burning from the intense sun in MogPog.
Considering our Midwestern roots, and my Viking ancestry, the high temperatures and oppressive humidity was almost unbearable. My friends weren’t sure what to expect when I told them I was bringing sun protective clothing. Joe, who had worn cotton shirts with cut off sleeves for 6 months straight to beat the heat, ditched them for a long sleeve UPF 50+ swim shirt. Not having to go through his daily sunscreen ritual to cover his arms was also appreciated. I gave up trying to wear any of my cotton shirts after a couple of days (they were wet and heavy) and lived in my Coolibar the rest of the trip.
Every time I travel with Coolibar, I discover more about the versatility of our fabrics. I spent more time in my aquaSUNTECT clothing out of the water than in. Wearing something quick drying, lightweight, and breathable allowed me to truly enjoy this amazing country, with less distraction from the island heat. I want people to know how amazingly lightweight this stuff is, you can’t go wrong traveling with Coolibar.
Follow up note: Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones and are recovering in typhoon-devastated central Philippines. Our friends, who are located north of the damage, survived the typhoon and are currently helping with relief efforts.
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.
Last summer we invited customers to share a photo of themselves and tell us why they would make a great Coolibar model. You voted (lots of you, thanks!) and our creative team chose the winner.Meet Carol, perhaps our most passionate customer, who submitted not one, but five pictures. It was easy says Carol, because she lives in her Coolibar.Even at the office–paired with a set of fresh water pearls.
“As head of the chamber of commerce, I walk around the downtown area visiting businesses. Throwing on some fresh water pearls with a lovely Coolibar blouse goes from office, (roll down sleeves) to the sunny downtown sidewalks. When you need to be careful of sun exposure, this is an easy, stylish option,” said Carol. Carol was ecstatic to be picked as our winner.She answered a few questions for us about her experience, her photo shoot and debut as a model.
Why did you apply for the Coolibar model contest? I’ve been very health conscious most of my life, I’m a registered dietitian, and write nutrition and wellness articles. I advocate healthy eating with lots of fresh foods, and being physically active. After melanoma surgery and reconstruction, it took a while to get back to my tennis, golf, kayaking etc….and once I was strong and flexible enough to enjoy them again, I found I spent too much time re-applying sun screen and not enough time having fun. I was always concerned that even though the SPF lotion said “waterproof”….how much water or perspiration would affect the integrity of the protection. The Coolibar clothing allows me to be outside with family and friends and enjoy water and sweat-inducing land fun.
What was your favorite part of the entire experience? It was fun including my husband in my kayaking photos and my Standard Poodle, Sophie in some of the shots.
How did it feel to be a model for a day? I had a basic idea of what would be happening as my neighbor friend & I organized a “Neighbor Hood Progressive Party” that was filmed for TV. I knew shots would be repeated in order to get the best light/expression/position/ etc.
Was there any personal goal you had during this process? I am hoping that as I am more pro-active with sharing my enthusiasm for the Coolibar product, more people will take a bit of effort to protect their skin from sun damage.
Is there anything else you wish to share? I presently write a blog called NutritionFreshOnline, which I want to expand to include fitness and skin health. I have personal experience with both (I’ve set 2 state swim records in AZ) so I have a wealth of personal anecdotes and insights that could be helpful and appreciated by many.
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.
We’re hiring. Be part of an innovative apparel company that is so much more than just clothing. Our UPF 50+ products (hats, swimwear & clothing) improve the lives of our customers. Our environment is creative, casual and flexible and we’re looking for a full time, permanent Copywriter/Content Developer. Here’s what our employees say.
“Our clothing serves a real purpose, which is truly beneficial for anyone that wears it.”
“The people and management make you feel like you’re an important member of the Coolibar community and listen to your thoughts.”
“Great culture, very inclusive.”
Position Title: Copywriter/Content Developer
About Coolibar: Coolibar is the most recommended and tested sun protective clothing company in the United States. We bring Australia’s world-leading approach to sun protection to the American market by developing and selling UPF50+ fabrics and apparel for active families using multi-channel strategies including direct-to consumer web and catalog sales. Highly customer focused, we pursue continual product innovation and uncompromised quality in a collaborative, creative and fast paced environment.
Principal Responsibilities: This is a full-time position that works across departments including Creative, Merchandising, and Marketing, interacting directly with senior executives as well as with functional teams. Primary responsibilities include oversight and/or execution of all written content that puts forward the Coolibar brand across multiple marketing channels such as product descriptions, promotional copy, interactive and traditional media. The overall goal is to continue development of a clearly articulated brand voice that differentiates and inspires while engaging loyal Coolibar customers.
Develop, write and keep current all catalog and website product and promotional copy.
Contribute to development of, and adhere to, brand style guidelines that reflect creative direction.
Create and execute social media strategies, newsletters, physician letters and collateral materials through effective information gathering and copywriting.
Research and curate relevant content for the weekly Coolibar Blog.
Maintain an open dialog on all social sites including Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and Instagram.
Follow marketing and sun protection industry news.
Build positive relationships with customers, wellness warriors, sponsored athletes, physicians and organizations to generate social content.
Provide additional support for tradeshows and events (travel may be required).
Act as a team player: complete miscellaneous and administrative assignments such as web site maintenance, merchandising updates and executive support as needed.
Skills, Education and Experience:
Four year college degree in journalism, communications, marketing or related field required or equivalent experience/education.
3+ years of copywriting experience with diverse portfolio.
Knowledge of Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.
Working comprehension of HTML required.
Basic Adobe Photoshop and experience with WordPress experience a plus, but not required.
Experience with CW Serenade or FRY commerce platform a plus, but not required.
Exceptional interpersonal, communication, time management and organizational skills.
Strong team player with the ability to lead and/or motivate others.
Friendly, self-motivated, goal-oriented, professional and creative.
Ability to coordinate multiple projects concurrently, manage levels of priority, meet deadlines.
Flexibility in hours and schedule, including occasional weekends and some travel.
Lupus Foundation of Minnesota Ambassador Chris Cronick spends a lot of time outdoors, teaching spin classes at the gym and traveling around the community to raise awareness for lupus along with her husband Patrick. Coolibar provided them with a few items to test during their busy month. Chris shares their thoughts on fit and function.
Coolibar is an awesome sun protective clothing line for those with lupus (like me) because we need UV protection, yet want fashion and comfort. My husband Patrick and I had the opportunity to try some fantastic items throughout the past couple of months.
I don’t know about you, but when I shop, I’m always curious to know the size and measurements of the model so I can visualize how it may fit on me. I’ve included some pictures so you can see how Coolibar fits on real people. I’m 5’8” and about 130 pounds. I wear extra small and small sizes.
One of my favorite Coolibar items is the Vera Resort T-Shirt (size small). I love this shirt so much that I now have it in Fig and Turkish Blue! It didn’t cling around my waist and was longer for my arms, providing great coverage. It’s the softest (almost silky) long sleeved shirt I have ever owned. I’m all about layering, especially living in Minnesota. This shirt can be worn alone or perfectly layered underneath a short-sleeved t-shirt, under a button-down shirt, a light jacket or vest. In fact, I thought it would make a great Christmas gift so I’m getting a couple more for my family!
I sported the Vera Resort T-Shirt, along with the Fitness Jacket in White/Iron at the most recent Twin Cities Lupus Walk for Hope event. There’s reflective piping which makes this the go-to jacket for walking the dog at night (picture upper left). There’s a zippered pocket perfectly situated on the front chest. I found this to be a nice, handy home for my cell phone. I also like the wrist cuffs which double as gloves. How ingenious is that? This lightweight, breathable jacket provides all the sun protection I’ve come to know with Coolibar with the same fitness savvy details you find in more expensive brands.
_ I also wore the black ZnO Long Sleeve T-Shirt for the Lupus Walk for Hope in Duluth, MN. I like this T-shirt because it has a sturdier cotton/spandex construction perfect for a cooler yet sunny day. Again, the ZnO is another great layering staple. I needed to be comfortable for the two-plus hour ride to Duluth, so I wore the ZnO Long Sleeve T-shirt paired with the ZnO Beach Pants. I like to be comfortable when I travel but still feel put-together. As you can see, these beach pants are also great for doing the elliptical at the gym too! You can wear them for virtually anything. They really are an everyday pant, not just for the beach.
My husband Patrick does not have lupus but has very fair skin and burns easily. I encouraged him to try Coolibar as well, so he wore a few pieces to each walk. To give you an idea of his stature, he is 6’1”, about 220 pounds and mostly wears extra-large. He is tall with broad shoulders and long arms. He finds Coolibar fits his frame perfectly with a little extra “give” where he needs it. He really liked the Men’s Fitness Jacket in Limelight/Iron and the XL fit him great. The sporty colors combined with the functionality and design of the jacket made it perfect for layering up or down. There is a zippered pocket on the sleeve that conveniently held his cell phone and zippered pockets on the front that held our car keys and some money. Lightweight, breathable 3D dri SUNTECT® fabric makes this jacket sun-protective and the surface grid wicks moisture for quick-dry performance. He wears this to the gym all of the time.
I welcome any comments or questions you may have about the items I mentioned. I also want to extend my gratitude to the wonderful people of Coolibar and the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota who opened my eyes to sun protection clothing. I wish you all the very best of health!
LFM Ambassador Chris Cronick received free sun protective product for the purpose of this review.