Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/8/10
From Press Releases
Participating in a unique fundraiser, members of the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse team raised over $4,600 to benefit the HEADstrong Foundation by NOT doing something: shaving their mustaches.
?The task is simple: members of the team do not shave their mustaches for the month of November as a part of the second annual Mustache Madness, while collecting money to benefit the HEADstrong Foundation, which was founded in 2005.
Mustache Madness was founded in 2009 by former University of Virginia defenseman Ken Clausen (Hill School graduate) as a way to bring awareness and funds to benefit Prostate cancer research and patients.
Now in his 33rd year at Delaware, head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who owns of the best mustaches in the business, and his team raised $4,620 dollars in just one month, the fifth-highest total of the 67 organizations participating in the InsideLacrosse.com fundraiser. Together, the lacrosse community raised nearly $75,000 during the month of November.
Individually, sophomore defender Billy Durand, who hails less than five miles from Hofstra University, led the Hens, raising $1,700 during the month-long fundraiser.
The University of Virginia lacrosse team raised more than $11,000 dollars, followed by Syracuse Lacrosse and Fans of Gettysburg Men’s Lacrosse finished second and third, raising $9,105 and $6,114, respectively.
Fellow Colonial Athletic Association team Towson University Tigers raised $1,155. Junior defender Sean Sheehe earned the individual award of Best ‘Stache.
Former Hofstra lacrosse player Nicholas Colleluori, who passed away at the age of 21, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, an aggressive type of blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system, created HEADstrong.
The organization raises money in support of cancer research, distribute grants and assistance to survivors of blood cancer, provide financial assistance to families who are experiencing the hardships of having a sick family member and provide scholarships and grants for students with ambitions of entering the medical field.
Delaware, which won the 2010 CAA championship and the league’s automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA tournament, opens the 2011 season, and second year in Delaware Stadium, on Feb. 5 when it hosts the Titans of Detroit-Mercy College with the opening face-off slated for 1 p.m.