"The month formerly known as November is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health." -- http://us.movemberfoundation.com/
Fans expect to see NHL players put their razors away and the playoff beards appear, but not until April and May. It is November so what better time to grow a moustache (spelled mustache in the U.S.) than in "Movember?"
Several of the Washington Capitals have teamed up to raise money for men's health. Have you signed up yet? It is not too late. The NHL has a team as well which has raised $18,025 as of this morning. The Caps have raised $13,269 already! Keep it up!
Donations can be made to the team or to individual Caps players and staff (click on their name below). Jason Chimera is leading the players by a longshot with $10,040. Several of the players are also on Twitter. Follow them to read tweet about their progress, share photos, etc.
Washington Capitals Team
Karl Alzner - @karlalzner
John Carlson - @johncarlson74
John Erskine - @johnerskine04
Ynon Labre (Alum)
Mike Vogel - @VogsCaps
Brett Leonhardt ("Stretch") - @brettleonhardt
**If you get any great shots of the Caps' mustache growing progress, please send them to us and we'll post each week.
For more information see the Capitals official press release below.
Capitals Participate in Movember
Thursday, 10.28.2010 / 1:42 PM / Community
The Mo (slang for moustache) and November come together each year for Movember – and this year Caps players Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Jason Chimera, John Erskine, Matt Hendricks and Jeff Schultz and alumnus Yvon Labre are all set to be a part of it.
Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple: start Movember 1 clean-shaven and grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.
As part of Hockey Fights Cancer month, the NHL provided each team with a $10,000 charitable grant to be donated to a cancer organization of its choice. The Capitals donated this money to the Movember Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit orangization that runs the men’s health initiative, Movember. The money raised during the Movember campaign initially goes to the Movember Foundation and is then split evenly and donated to the foundation’s two beneficiary partners – the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Follow the progress of Alzner, Carlson, Chimera, Erskine, Hendricks, Schultz and Labre on WashingtonCaps.com all month, and tune in to Caps Report on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. ET – co-host Brett Leonhardt will also be participating.
Last year alone, more than one million donors raised $42 million for Movember’s global beneficiary partners. To support Alzner, Carlson, Chimera, Erskine, Hendricks, Schultz and Labre – or to find other ways how you can help support Movember -- go to http://us.movember.com/mospace/702996/ today.