Lacrosse Mustache Madness is an online fundraising campaign by the HEADstrong Foundation that is encouraging student-athletes to “toss their razors and grow their mustaches” to raise funds to support families overcome by cancer.
The campaign organizers are looking to ignite the philanthropic spirit of the lacrosse community and raise more $500,000 to strengthen their commitment to supporting families to help go the distance in their fight against cancer.
This initiative was brought to the Six Nations Minor Lacrosse by Matt Miller, who is an alumni of the Six Nations Arrows and a current field lacrosse player in support of Limestone College Men’s Lacrosse Team.
“Please consider helping The Limestone College Men’s Lacrosse team help raise funds and awareness for families overcome by cancer, please consider making a donation and following the Lax Stache Madness. Even just donating $1 goes a long way,” wrote Miller to Facebook.
Among several U.S. based players that have been affected by the disease, Ollivier Sanon, who this years campaign is dedicated to, is apart of the driving force to help. On March 12, 2021, Sanon’s life was lost to Osteosarcoma (bone cancer). He was an aspiring lacrosse player at St. Anthony’s High School in Long Island, NY prior to his diagnosis.
Players and teams interested in participating are asked to “toss their razors” between October 19 – November 28, to grow out their facial hair. They are then prompted to create their own fundraising pages, as Miller has done, on laxmadness.com. Players and teams can then rally and share their progress and compete in weekly competitions by November 1.
By November 28, it is hoped that many in need will receive the funds necessary to navigate their fight against the disease, and the foundation will crown a “champion” that raises the most funds.