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Shade Structure Stories

AAD Shade Structures provide permanent outdoor shade in areas such as playgrounds, pools, or recreation spaces that are not protected from the sun.

Learn more about the impact of this grant program by reading the stories below.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for AAD shade structure.
Providing shade for the underserved

Milagro Center is an after-school and summer camp program that serves economically challenged, academically at-risk children and teens from underserved communities. Learn how AAD's shade structure program helped them stay safe from the sun.

AAD shade structure dedication, Florida
Dermatologists team up to provide shade in Florida

When Florida Academy of Dermatology members, led by Cyndi J. Yag-Howard, MD, FAAD, learned of an available matching grant from AAD and Neutrogena to build shade structures, they jumped at the chance to provide shade at a local aquatic center.

A much needed shade structure brings sun safety to the children at Hope House.
Working with a local dermatologist to teach sun safety

Bonnie J. Reece, Executive Director of St. Louis Transitional Hope House, was surprised and pleased when the organization received a shade structure grant through the AAD’s Adopt-a-Shade program.

Shade Structure Grant recipient - Miracle League Field
Enjoying the game and staying sun safe

Brad Koller, board president of Miracle League Field of Findlay, was happy to be able to protect both players and their families from sun exposure.

Staying safe, even from the sun

Janelle Khan, an employee at AVDA, saw how important providing shade was for families in need.

Students at Juniata Elementary School are thankful to have a sun-safe place to play outside.
Protecting students from the sun

Barbara Jo Smith, skin cancer survivor and principal of Juniata Elementary School in DuBois, Pennsylvania, knows the importance of seeking shade.

Robinson Primary School, Shade Structure Grant recipient
Sheltering in place in the shade

Robinson Primary School’s pre-K teacher, Susan Godfrey, M. Ed., brings shade to Texas.

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The AAD Shade Structure Program provides grants for permanent shade structures in outdoor areas such as playgrounds, pools, or recreation spaces. Learn more about how you can get involved.

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