Team’s Project Provides Defense Strategy All Can Use
The UNC Women's Field Hockey team partnered with UNC Lineberger to complete a community service project for women’s field hockey.
The team distributed sun safety tips to field hockey summer camp attendees and collected over 200 bottles of sunscreen. The sunscreen was donated to the Inter-Faith Council homeless shelter.
Meghan Lyons, a forward on the UNC Women’s Field Hockey Team, organized the project, with insight and support from Dana Gelin, associate director of athletic communications at UNC Athletics, and Lindsay Tarplay, former UNC women's soccer player and current member of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Team SCF . Lyons was inspired by the USA Field Hockey campaign Sun Safe Play! created to honor former USA Field Hockey team member and college coach, Maria Whitehead, who died from melanoma in 2006.
“Coach Shelton always emphasizes to our team that we have to work hard to ‘control the controllables’ in any situation we may encounter, whether it be in a field hockey game, in the classroom, or in everyday life,” says Lyons. “This idea is relevant through all areas of life and something as simple as putting on sunscreen, an easy skin defense mechanism, should be a controllable and be available for children, teenagers, and adults.”