For Colby Hockey, Movember is More Than Just a Moustache

This November, the Men’s Hockey team will be sporting moustaches in support of men’s health issues as the team participates in the popular Movember campaign. For the third year in a row, the Colby Mules have committed to help raise money and awareness for the movement. Spearheaded by Jonathan Sdao ’16 and Michael Decker ’18, the team looks to top the $1,400 they raised last year. In an interview with the Echo, Sdao stated that “each year the event has snowballed and we have always topped the past year’s amount.”

The Movember Movement originated in Melbourne, Australia in 2003.  Friends Travis Garone and Luke Slattery decided they wanted to bring the moustache back into mainstream fashion.  The two recruited 30 people to attempt a moustache with them.  The following year, the “Mo Bros” decided to grow their moustaches for a cause.  They decided to donate the funds they raised to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.  While Adam Garone registered the Movement Foundation, Justin Coghlan kick-started the foundation in Queensland, Australia.  That year, the Foundation had 480 “Mo Bros and Mo Sistas.” Since the group started in 2003, the movement has garnered almost 10,000 participants.

In 2006, news of the movement spread to New Zealand.  Participants in New Zealand chose to donate to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.  Having spread to a new country, it took just one more year until the movement was an international sensation, spreading to Canada, the US, and the UK.  Last year, the Movement Foundation ranked 72nd in the top 500 non-governmental organizations in the world.  Participation spanned 22 countries with over 4.7 million “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” since 2003.  The Foundation has currently raised $649 million and funded 832 men’s health projects.

Last year, Colby participated in a wildly successful league wide competition. The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams partnered to raise $18,500, an event coordinated by Amherst. Although Amherst coordinated the competition, Sdao got the idea to bring the Movember campaign to Colby after seeing many hockey players support the movement.

This year, NESCAC teams are again participating in Movember and hope to raise more than last year. The hockey team has been tabling in the spa to raise money from students in addition to advertising their community night game on November 28.

The team actively volunteers in the Waterville community and, most recently, players have been constructing a new ice rink at the local YMCA. “We think it is important to give back where we can to such a great hockey community,” said Sdao. Building on the developing connections between the community and the College, Decker commented that the team wanted to engage the community more: “We wanted the community and Colby to become more connected, and community night was a good way to get them involved on campus.” Decker continued, “Athletic events should be a place where locals in the community can come to support us.”

The team has rallied around the moustaches, the symbol of the Movember campaign, and have recently partnered with the President of the College David A. Greene to spur the cause. Due to this partnership, relentless fundraising, and the NESCAC competition, the hockey team has already matched last year’s final tally of $1,400 dollars. The team is continuing to network with other NESCAC schools and actively solicit donations and, with over two weeks left in November, are primed to raise an exorbitant amount of money for the Movember campaign.

The men’s team is tabling in the spa throughout November and would appreciate any donations in cash or through their Movember fundraising page on Facebook.

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