The SunWise Program held its annual presentation for the winner of the “Be SunWise & Play Sun Smart Skin Cancer Prevention Poster Contest” on Saturday, May 13 at the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. This year’s winner, Grecia Solorio (right), certainly scored a home run with her detailed and colorful poster illustration. Her poster depicted D. Baxter the Bobcat “hitting it out of the park” with various sun safety tips. Grecia, from Wade Carpenter Middle School in Nogales, was in good company with her family, her friend, and her teacher, Mr. Brian Donnelly, who were all invited down to the field to officially accept her grand prize.

This year marked the 14th annual poster contest, which allows students from all over the state to showcase their sun safety knowledge and artistic skills. The partnership of the our SunWise Program with the Arizona Diamondbacks highlights the important health issue of skin cancer in our state and increases skin cancer awareness for Arizona youth.

The primary focus of our SunWise Program is educating school-aged children of the dangers of overexposure to UV rays, and most importantly, how they may protect themselves from such dangers with regular use of sunscreen with SPF 15+, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and covering up, to name a few. For more information, please visit the SunWise homepage, or to request a presentation please E-mail the program at [email protected].