Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 4:46 pm  |  18 responses

Grow Your ‘Mo’ For Charity in Movember

Before you tell us we’ve misspelled November, think again. Movember, a charityScot Pollard event held during November each year, raises money for the prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. Movember participants, one of whom is SLAMonline’s own Kevin Owens, grow and groom their mustache (a.k.a. Mo) to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. Movember’s aim is “to change the face of men’s health.”

Kevin and some fellow pro ballers are growing their ‘staches to benefit the Jimmy V Foundation, which has raised over $100 million for cancer research over the years. Check Kevin’s fundraising website to support his crew this month.

And now, a word from Mr. Godunk himself: “I always appreciated the Movember concept. When I was in Australia, our entire team grew a mustache to raise money for charity. Not only did I enjoy my new friend on my upper lip, but I was able to raise awareness for prostate cancer… all while looking like a young Cap’n Crunch. This year I decided to donate all the proceeds raised to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer. The foundation seeks to make a difference by generating broad-based support for cancer research and by creating an urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer. The V Foundation performs these dual roles through advocacy, education, fundraising, and philanthropy. Its motto, taken from the organizations namesake the legendary and inspirational Jim Valvano, is ‘Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.’

“The rules of this contest are simple. Each competitor has been growing their facial hair over the past week. I have allowed the facial hair to be in whatever form they would like. Obviously the crazier the better. What I ask from you, is to sponsor one of our ‘growers.’ It does not need to be a lot of money… a quarter a day, a dollar a day, etc. When you sponsor a grower you not only support this incredible organization, but you will make them feel guilty about shaving just because ‘society’ deems it inappropriate. I have enlisted the help of several friends and players I have stayed in touch with over the years. Every few days we will be posting an updated picture of their facial hair with a voting poll up so you can vote for your favorite ‘stache. We are starting with only five participants; however, I am hoping that the number will grow as the days and weeks of ‘Movember’ pass. For anyone who is on the fence about being one of our contestants just remember; When Tom Selleck first grew a mustache, people probably told him he looked ridiculous…and now he is an American Icon.”

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  • vtrobot

    great cause and great idea. grow that sh*t out. be like kevin ollie, forever rockin’ the eddie murphy ‘stache. birdman will grow his trailer trash one.

  • canadian_baller1867

    Great work, guys. This is my first year participating in Movember, and not only do you feel great for the fundraising, but you’ll end up looking great too – can’t beat a mo!

  • T-Wat

    correction. its called Novembeard. idk what Movember is. doesnt even go good.

  • tony knorr

    great cause of which I have been taking part in for years if you guys are lucky I might post a link to see my last years rendition of the hollywood hulk hogan look. Dyed black shorter beard with a dyed blonde long handlebar mustache. the hulkster would have been proud.

  • Big C

    @ T-wat; All I can say to you idea it’s called Novembeard is that your online name, Twat, is the only correct part of your post.

  • J.C.

    Movember is pretty big in Australia, everyone knows about it and a lot of people do it, even if they aren’t getting sponsored. I was wondering if it was done anywhere else; it’s good to see the message spreading to America.

  • tony knorr

    @ J.C. its getting fairly huge in canada. I’ve been doing it for 4 years now and ironically enough last year when I was rocking the hollywood hogan look I was in australia testing the east coast lifestyle and basketball waters out there.

  • http://www.slamonline.com NickthaQuick

    Shouldn’t Adam Morrison be the face of Movember if he manages to stay in the L through the end of November?

  • http://www.movember.com Jack Choate

    I am assuming that you do not realize that Movember is it’s own 501 (c)3 registered non-profit in the United States, operating under the flag of the Movember Foundation in Australia, of which Kevin participated in while in Australia. By creating “amovembertoremember.com” and raising funds to support the V Foundation, a great organization in it’s own right, in the name of Movember, he is basically ripping of our organization. Raising funds and awareness for the V Foundation and everything they do in the name of the late, great Jim Valvano is indeed a great thing, but calling it Movember is not. I would be happy to help Kevin create his “Movember to Remember” team on Movember.com to join the other 300K+ “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” across the world who have already raised $16MM+ this Movember. Please remove the Movember video you have on this page. Feel free to contact me at the email I provided with any further questions or comments.

  • junglebobjoe

    @ T-Wat
    you have a small fish operating your brain if you think it’s ‘Novembeard’
    since you’re so big on corrections as well, i might point out that ‘doesnt even go good’ itself “doesnt even go good’

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    The entire Brisbane Bullets team grew Movember moustaches in ’06 for this. League MVP/DPOY Sam MacKinnon had the most incredible seventies gangster moustache I have ever seen, and he had it by November 5th. That year it was in aid of raising awareness of depression, which is one of the biggest killers of Australian men under 40.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    There’s a free app available for iPhone that helps you keep track of you mo

  • http://www.twitter.com/HurstySYD Hursty

    Movember is huge in Australia.
    The majority of the Sydney Kings are doing Movember this year.

  • JL

    I thought this was No Shave November?

  • Towelie

    That’s Motastic.

  • Randy Brown

    I thought ‘mo’ was slang for homosexual. This could lead to some confusion

  • Daprof

    “Only about one in 10 prostate cancers detected by screening actually poses a threat to a man’s life, according to a new analysis conducted by researchers from the University if Cambridge”.

    “A common prostate cancer treatment may significantly increase men’s risk of heart problems, according to a study conducted by researchers from King’s College London and presented at a joint meeting of the European Cancer Organization and the European Society for Medical Oncology in Berlin”.

    “If none of the men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer were ever treated, 97 percent of them would still survive the disease, according to a study conducted by Swedish researchers and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute”.

    “As many as 50 percent of all prostate cancer diagnoses may be cases of over-diagnosis, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal”.

    Funny how these cancer fear marketers never tell the whole story..

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