A 'Movember' to Remember
October 31, 2012 01:43 PM
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) on-ice officials are getting out their razors today to shave their faces clean and start growing a moustache in support of ‘Movember’, the global charity that encourages men to grow a ‘Mo’ (slang for moustache) during the month of November to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.
Movember encourages men and women to register at Movember.com to join the movement. Once registered, men, known as ‘Mo Bros’, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and grow their moustache for 30 days, getting friends, family and colleagues to donate to their Mo-growing efforts. During that time they become walking, talking billboards for men’s health.
Recently, Florida Panthers’ George Parros, a former Princeton Tiger, challenged Michigan alumnus Mike Brown of the Toronto Maple Leafs to a moustache-growing contest for Movember via Twitter. Both players always have unique facial hair.
In addition, CCHA on-ice officials, along with some member teams and their student-athletes, will grow moustaches this month as part of the initiative. Check out ccha.com during November for updated moustache photos.
"We’re excited about being involved in Movember," said CCHA official T.J. Likens. "We will continue to look sharp, professional and well-groomed, just with a moustache. And it’s all in a support of a very good cause."
Fans can also post photos of their own moustaches on the CCHA Facebook page (Facebook.com/CCHAhockey) and on Twitter (@CCHAhockey).
Last year over 855,000 people participated in Movember world-wide, and raised $126.3 million. In 2011, more than 145,000 Americans grew and supported the Mo, and raised over $15 million for the cause. In the U.S., funds raised are directed to programs run by Movember and its men’s health partners, Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, to support a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.
"The growth of a new moustache is the key to opening up much needed dialogue around men’s health issues, raising awareness which can save lives," said Adam Garone, CEO and co-founder of Movember.
Movember aims to forever change the face of men’s health through the power of the moustache, by raising awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. Since 2003, more than 1.9 million participants have raised over $299 million for the cause, with official Movember campaigns taking place in 21 countries. For more information please visit www.movember.com. Movember is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.
About the CCHA
The CCHA was founded in 1971 and has evolved into a national leader and one of the country’s premier men’s Division 1 hockey conferences. The CCHA Championship has attracted nearly 1,000,000 fans to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit since 1982, including a championship-record 20,067 spectators in 1985. CCHA teams have captured eight national championships, while 35 CCHA alums have won the Stanley Cup and 85 former CCHA players skated in the National Hockey League last season. For more information regarding the CCHA and the Celebrate the Legacy season, please visit www.ccha.com.