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GCAA and Sun SafeTee Increase Awareness on the Importance of Sun Protection

DVD Focusing on Skin Cancer Prevention Distributed to College Golfers

San Diego, CA- The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and the Sun SafeTee Program announce the distribution of Cover Up Before You Tee It Up™, a health education DVD that focuses on the importance of skin cancer awareness and prevention. The DVD, which is being distributed to college athletes through the assistance of the GCAA, features various segments on sun protection specifically tailored to golfers. The DVD also includes testimonials from PGA TOUR players including Hunter Mahan and Scott McCarron.

The Sun SafeTee organization has provided the DVD’s educational content spanning from how to apply sunscreen in a golf-friendly method to practical ways of utilizing clothing and accessories for full sun protection.

The purpose of the DVD is to promote Sun SafeTee’s Cover Up Before You Tee It Up™ campaign. With the support of Sundog Eyewear the DVD will be distributed to all GCAA members’ schools at no cost and will serve and as a health educational tool for student athletes.

“We are very excited to partner with the GCAA to deliver our message on the importance of sun protection for men’s college golf coaches and their respective team members,” said Mark Wishner, President & Founder of the Sun SafeTee Program. Wishner added, “Having the ability to reach more than 7,000 college golfers and their coaches and knowing they will learn invaluable techniques on how to protect themselves from the sun and skin cancer is what we are all about.”

According to Wishner, in 2011 more than 2 million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer and approximately 12,000 will die from the disease.  One-in-five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime.  Since golfers typically spend a significant amount of time in the sun, they may have a higher risk of developing sun damage and/or skin cancer than the general population.

“The GCAA is extremely proud to partner with the Sun SafeTee Program to promote sun damage prevention and awareness,” said GCAA CEO Gregg Grost. “We are grateful to the PGA TOUR and Sundog Eyewear for their support in making this DVD available to all of our members. The message we hope all student athletes and coaches take from this initiative is that proper sun protection should always remain a priority.”

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.

About Sun SafeTee
The Sun SafeTee Program, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the leader in sun protection education and skin cancer prevention programs 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, The National Golf Coaches Association and 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