This year, Special Olympics North Carolina partnered with Aesthetic Solutions, the American Society of Dermatological Surgery (ASDS) and La Roche-Posay to provide portable sunscreen dispensers during the 2016 SONC Summer Games.
15 sun safety stations were placed at venues for softball, softball skills, athletics, cycling and NC State’s Fountain Dining Hall throughout the course of the weekend
Dr. Christie Regula of ASDS emphasized that this initiative is focused on reminding people of the importance of sunscreen and protecting their skin, especially during long outdoor sporting events, such as Athletics competitions.
“At events like this, people apply sunscreen before they come and forget to reapply when they should be reapplying every two hours,” said Regula.
With the help of the sun safety stations, sunscreen was more accessible for athletes, spectators and volunteers to use. “The best part of this initiative is that we are actually bringing it to you,” said Regula.
While some cities have already installed sun safety stations in parks, the 2016 SONC Summer Games was the first wide-scale event featuring the stations.
Over the course of the weekend, Aesthetic Solutions, ASDS and La Roche-Posay worked to provide information on sun safety and promoting skin health to athletes and their families.
The sun safety initiative plays into Special Olympics NC’s greater 2016-2020 strategic plan to promote health and wellness with the help of partnering medical professionals throughout the area.