Golf News for Monday, December 10, 2012 | Events

Golf coaches offered skin cancer screenings at national convention in Las Vegas

The Sun SafeTee Program is pleased to announce that for the third consecutive year, they will be helping to provide sun protection education and skin cancer screenings at the annual meeting of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) in Las Vegas, NV.

Representatives from Sun SafeTee will be providing sun protection educational materials designed specifically for golfers and will distribute wide brim hats that have been donated by Coolibar. Staff from Las Vegas Dermatology will be providing the skin screenings.

"This is an important opportunity to deliver the message of sun protection for golfers and to provide an opportunity for the early detection of skin cancer" said Mark Wishner, President and Founder of Sun SafeTee. "By increasing awareness about sun protection we not only provide a great service to the coaches, we are also paving the way for them to carry that message back to their student athletes."

The rates of skin cancer continue to rise in the United States. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, is the most frequently occurring cancer in young adults age 25 to 29. One person dies every hour from melanoma. Since golfers spend a significant amount of time in the sun, they can have a higher risk than the general population of developing skin cancer.

Gregg Grost, CEO of the GCAA said "As much time as our coaches and their student athletes spend outside in the elements we understand the vital importance of protecting ourselves from sun damage. We are pleased with our continuing relationship with Mark Wishner and SunSafeTee. We are thankful for the skin damage screening that they are providing for our membership during our national convention".

"Educating young golfers is important for two reasons", Wishner added. "First because the sun exposure we get at an early age, is what can cause skin problems as an adult. So minimizing UV exposure can have a beneficial affect down the road. Secondly, the sooner we can get young golfers to incorporate good sun protection techniques, the higher the likelihood that they will continue to use those skills throughout their life. The GCAA is a great partner in helping get the message of sun protection and skin cancer prevention to their membership."

About Sun SafeTee
The Sun SafeTee Program, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the only nationwide organization dedicated to sun protection education and skin cancer protection for golfers. Sun SafeTee provides educational seminars to golf professionals and the public, distributes sun protection information and sunscreen samples at various golf-related events. The organization focuses on Junior and Collegiate golfers and is a partner with The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), The National Golf Course Owners (NGCOA), The Golf Course Superintendent's Association (GCSAA), The First Tee, The American Junior Golf Association along with numerous local and regional Junior Golf Associations. To learn more about Sun SafeTee or to make a tax deductible donation, visit to

About the GCAA
The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) was established in 1958 and is located in Norman, OK. The GCAA is a non-profit organization and is the professional association of men's collegiate golf coaches. Through its established events and programs, the GCAA maintains a goal of increasing awareness and the status of men's golf. There are over 750 members in the GCAA representing all three NCAA divisions as well as NAIA and NJCAA.

Contact: Carol Rhodes