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Play in the Shade

Play in the shade

ASCF launched its Play in the Shade initiative in 2023 to make it safer for vulnerable people, including children to play outdoors in Arizona, which receives more UV radiation than any other state in the U.S.

Shade is an important form of sun protection because it provides “passive” protection – it blocks UV radiation without a person having to do anything to make it work, and it can’t be rubbed off, washed off, or sweated away.

Sunburn is a major risk factor for skin cancer, and playground shade plays an important role in preventing burns and protecting children while they exercise and play outdoors.

Kid playing game in event

At its discretion, ASCF awards playground shade structures to benefit vulnerable populations, including children enrolled in Title 1 schools in Maricopa County. ASCF may also award shade structure projects that benefit other disadvantaged groups lacking shade.