10th-Annual Spring Swing® - Moffitt’s Sun Safety Tour Kicks Off March 4

February 02, 2017

Program has screened more than 3,900, identifying 4,010 suspected cancerous lesions 

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CONTACT:   Lisa Chillura  813-745-1353  Lisa.Chillura@Moffitt.org  
                   Dave Haller   727-825-3485  DHaller@raysbaseball.com                                                                                                                                      

WHO: Tampa Bay Rays and Moffitt Cancer Center 

WHAT: Spring Swing® - Moffitt’s Sun Safety Tour is a partnership between Moffitt and the Tampa Bay Rays offering free skin cancer screenings at specified baseball spring training venues in March. The tour kicks off March 4 when the Rays host the Baltimore Orioles at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte. Screeners will look for early signs of skin cancer while promoting sun safety, skin cancer awareness and education. Fans who receive a screening will receive a free Spring Swing T-shirt, sunscreen, and sun safety educational materials and promotional items.   

During the previous nine spring training seasons, Spring Swing has screened more than 3,900 people, identifying 4,010 suspected cancerous lesions, including 25 suspected melanomas.   

WHEN/WHERE:  Screenings will begin approximately two and a half hours before game time. 




Screening Time

Game Time

March 4

Port Charlotte

Charlotte Sports Park

Orioles vs. Rays

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1:05 p.m.

March 11

Fort Myers

Hammond Stadium

Red Sox vs. Twins

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1:05 p.m.

March 26


George M. Steinbrenner Field

Rays vs. Yankees

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1:05 p.m.

For more information, visit Moffitt.org/SpringSwing

Click the link for b-roll from last year’s event.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

About the Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays mission is to energize the community through the magic of Rays baseball. The organization is committed to building a strong community bond through meaningful interactions and charitable donations, and has proudly represented Major League Baseball since 1998.