KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (May 30, 2017) - The Kannapolis Intimidators will take part in Minor League Baseball's Cover Your Bases initiative to promote sun safety awareness this Sunday, June 4, when the Intimidators take on the Greensboro Grasshoppers at Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System at 5:05 p.m. Gates open at 4:00 p.m., and the first 1,000 fans will receive a sample of Blue Lizard sunscreen as the Intimidators and Minor League Baseball team up with the American Cancer Society to educate fans about the danger of skin cancer.
Cover Your Bases, a partnership between MiLB and the American Cancer Society, will provide 75,000 free samples of sunscreen to Minor League fans at over 80 different ballparks this summer. The Intimidators, along with dozens of other MiLB teams will work to educate fans about the measures they can take to reduce the risks of cancerous developments and overexposure to UV rays.
"Each year, more than 3 million people develop skin cancer, the most common of all cancers," said Sharon Byers, chief development and marketing officer, American Cancer Society. "This partnership gives us an opportunity to educate baseball fans about being sun smart."
The American Cancer Society recommends:
• Seek shade: Avoid being outdoors in direct sunlight too long between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when
UV light is strongest.
• Protect your skin with clothing: When you are out in the sun, wear clothing to cover your skin. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or long skirts cover the most skin and are the most protective. A tightly woven fabric protects better than loosely woven clothing. If you can see light through a fabric, UV rays can get through, too.
• Wear a hat: A hat with at least a 2- to 3-inch brim all around is ideal because it protects areas that are often exposed to intense sun, such as the ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp.
• Wear sunglasses that block UV rays
• Use sunscreen: Use an SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum sunscreen. Ideally, about one ounce, about a shot glass or palmful, should be used to cover the arms, legs, neck, and face of the average adult. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied at least every two hours to maintain protection.
Sunday is a Bark in the Park game as well as Kid's Day, featuring a pregame autograph session with several Intimidators' players, and postgame kids run the bases. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267, or by visiting Intimidatorsbaseball.com.