Protect The Groms

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Sun Safety for The Next Generation

Protect The Groms is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that partners with public and charter elementary schools around the country to provide playground shade structures, sun safety education and sunscreen to kids who live and play in the sun. Our goal is to move the needle on skin cancer in America and hopefully stoke out a few groms along the way.

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What's a Grom?

In our community, a “grom” is a kid.

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Skin Cancer Awareness

Did you know that often times, the skin cancers we get as adults are results from the burns we got as kids? Or that in most states you can’t bring sunscreen to school without a doctor’s note because it's classified as a "drug"?

We wanna change that.

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PTG Grant Eligibility

To be considered for our Playground Shade Structure Grant, applicants must:

1. Be a public or charter elementary school in the United States (provided, that a charter school must be a 501(c)(3) organization) or a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to outdoor experiences and education for youth.


2. Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun safety awareness and (if a school) have an official sun safety policy in their school’s handbook.

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Our Story

In 2010, we started Sun Bum to help protect ourselves and our beach community from the dangers of the sun. As our little company grew, we started to realize the importance of teaching our kids about sun safety at a young age and felt passionate about sharing that with kids all across the country. So, in 2016, we started a non-profit called Protect The Groms.