The Norfolk Admirals have teamed up with Nauticus this month for Movember, a worldwide celebration of the mustache to benefit and raise awareness of men’s health issues. This celebration concludes with a Mustache Bash at Nauticus on Friday, November 30.
All month long, Norfolk Admirals players, coaches and staff have been growing out their mustaches in support of Movember. Movember was started in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 by the Movember Foundation, a not-for-profit global charity. The movement was originally brought about as a means to bring the mustache back into style. Movember’s goal is to raise awareness among men by putting a fun twist on the serious issues of men’s health, particularly prostate and testicular cancers.
The Norfolk Admirals have encouraged fans to grow their own mustaches and take part in the mustache competition that will be presented at the Admirals game against the Hershey Bears Wednesday, November 28. The winner will receive a Norfolk Admirals prize pack.
It is events like this that help raise needed awareness and are a part of the more than 1.9 million “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” that have taken part in Movember campaigns all over the world since its inception in 2003. In 2011, over 854,000 so-called Mo Bros and Mo Sistas worldwide raised $126.3 million.
The statistics are staggering. Currently, 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. In 2012, it is estimated that 242,000 new cases of this type of cancer will be diagnosed and more than 28,000 men will die as a result. In addition, testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 35.
Why mustaches? A sign of masculinity, the mustache is the most visible marker to heighten awareness for this cause. Men are much less likely than women to seek medical attention when they feel ill, sometimes ignoring the symptoms and missing an early diagnosis that could save their lives. These habits and attitudes are what Movember strives to change worldwide by shining a light on the issues, educating men about these health risks, which will result in earlier detection and treatment.
Men start with a clean-shaven face November 1 and raise awareness with various campaigns throughout the month. Women take part as well by sporting their own versions of mustaches. It all culminates in a party on November 30.
The Mustache Bash at Nauticus will be presented Friday, November 30 from 7:00-11:00 p.m. in conjunction with prostate cancer awareness organization Us TOO. The event will feature live music provided by The Bartones, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and a photo booth. A shave-off by Jake’s Place will top off the night. Proceeds will benefit Us TOO and the Nauticus Foundation. The event is for ages 21 and up and a mustache is required. Ladies, you can paint or paste on a mustache.
Advance purchase tickets are $22.50 each and can be ordered online at www.nauticus.org.
Come out and see the mustached Norfolk Admirals battle the Hershey Bears tonight. The puck drops at 7:15.