Things are getting a bit hairy around the UMBC Retriever men's lacrosse program.
And that's not a bad thing.
Earlier this week, a significant number of the UMBC men's lacrosse players and coaches tossed their razors away and to begin Lax Stache Madness for the HeadStrong Foundation.
Lax Stache Madness organizers are looking to ignite the philanthropic spirit of the lacrosse community and raise more $200,000 this year to commemorate the 200,000 American families that will be shattered by the news of cancer diagnosis over the duration of the campaign.
Lax Stache Madness is an interactive online fundraiser encouraging student-athletes to TOSS their razors, GROW their mustaches, go HEAD to HEAD against teams country and RAISE money to HELP families. Lax Stache Madness was created by former professional lacrosse player Ken Clausen while attending the University of Virginia. Marketed around his signature mustache, he believed that growing facial hair was a great way to make a difference while paying tribute to HEADstrong founder Nicholas Colleluori.
Colleluori was a Division I lacrosse player entering his sophomore year at Hofstra University when he was terminally diagnosed with cancer. His public fight from the sidelines captivated the nation and from his hospital bed he created an organization focused on empowering student-athletes to improve lives affected by the disease. After enduring 14 months of treatment, Colleluori tossed his razor and grew a mustache in the last weeks of his life as a way to take focus off of his apparent weight loss and declining physical appearance. In an uncontrollable situation,
Colleluori's mustache was a humorous way for him to feel "normal" again. Just as Colleluori did, beginning October 19th college lacrosse players nationwide will toss their razors to honor their fallen brother and compete in Lax Stache Madness, a six-week online fundraising challenge with proceeds supporting families affected by cancer. The campaign dates are significant as they mark Colleluori's birthday 10/19 and the date of his passing 11/28.
HEADstrong's fall fundraising event series will conclude this Sunday, October 22nd with the men's division of the University City Classic at Penn Park. This year's event will feature eight Division 1 teams including, Bellarmine, Drexel, Lafayette, Monmouth, Delaware, Quinnipiac, UMBC and the host Penn Quakers.
The Retrievers will face Quinnipiac at 9 a.m. and Bellermine at 11a.m.
To donate, please visit the Retrievers' page at https://pledge.headstrong.org/team/141398.