Student athletes join Movember movement for men’s health

November 17, 2017

Members of UW-Stout’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee promote their Movember fundraising effort.

Some members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at UW-Stout have donned fake moustaches in a real effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The committee, made up of 46 student athletes, is holding a fundraising effort during November as part of the worldwide movement known as Movember. Men grow moustaches and other facial hair to raise awareness about men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

The Movember Foundation hopes to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 percent by 2030.

Jared Allen, SAAC president and a Blue Devil football player.The committee, made up of males and females, gathered for a lighthearted photo recently at Johnson Fieldhouse, many of them wearing fake moustaches, to promote the fundraiser.

Donations to the SAAC effort can be made here through Thursday, Nov. 30. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

This is the fourth year of the SAAC fundraiser, with the three previous years raising nearly $2,500.

Jared Allen, SAAC president, said it’s part of student athletes recognizing the importance of doing the right thing and giving back to the community.

Community service teaches leadership and time management to our student athletes. Serving others allows then to be servant leaders, which in turn allows them to be leaders in the classroom, student organizations, their respective teams and ultimately in the workplace upon graduation. You need to be able to serve others before you can aspire to lead others,” said Allen, of Maple Grove, Minn., a senior business administration major, with an emphasis in sales and marketing.

Allen is a member of the Blue Devil football team.

The SAAC coordinates other student athlete volunteer efforts each year, including:

  • Campus clean-up each spring
  • Food pantry collection drive each fall
  • Kids Night Out for area children
  • 50-50 fundraisers at games to benefit local charities
  • Winter clothing drive for Bridge to Hope
  • Writing letters to troops
  • Volunteering at area Special Olympics events
  • Volunteering at area retirement homes.

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Top: Members of UW-Stout’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee promote their Movember fundraising effort.


Bottom: Jared Allen, SAAC president and a Blue Devil football player.