Loyola players and coaches will have a little more facial hair this month in an effort raise money for cancer research.
The Loyola athletics department announced during the weekend that the Ramblers men’s volleyball team will spearhead the school’s Movember team, which will grow mustaches to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer research.
Movember is an annual fundraising event that started 10 years ago in Melbourne, Australia, and has grown worldwide to include almost three million participants. Known as Mo Bros, each participant grows a mustache during the month to raise awareness about the men’s health issue and encourages individuals to support their efforts by making a financial donation to prostate cancer research.
This is the second year that Loyola has participated in the month-long event. The Ramblers last season in their inaugural Movember campaign raised more than $7,000 for cancer research.
“It’s a great program and does a fantastic job of creating awareness for a very worthy cause,” Loyola coach Shane Davis said in a statement.
Davis also said Movember has in increased significance for the players on his team because of Loyola outside attacker Owen McAndrews. McAndrews, a sophomore, is a testicular cancer survivor.
The Movember team for Loyola has 17 participants — including Davis, McAndrews and the 2013 MIVA Player of the Year outside attacker Joseph Smalzer.
Loyola last season won the MIVA championship and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in its program’s history.
To see photos of the Loyola Movember team or to make a donation, click here.