EUGENE, Ore. -- People took the kickball field wearing crazy outfits and mustaches Saturday, playing for a good cause.
Movember, otherwise known as “no-shave November”, is giving people a chance to raise prostate cancer awareness. Tyler Baldwin, vice-president of a fraternity at the University of Oregon, put together a kickball tournament to help raise money for the Movember Foundation.
“We support Movember, and they're all about the mustache, so I had to grow it out,” said Baldwin.
The members of UO’s Sigma Nu fraternity said their "Kickball Cancer" tournament is also raising funds for prostate and testicular cancer research.
“It’s not really well known, but 1 in 4 men get it in the future,” said kickball player Chris Devore. “Kickball Cancer is a great way for people to have fun and just give back … giving money to a good cause.”
Teams paid an entry fee, and Philanthropy Chair at Sigma Nu Charlie Ekblad said teams were encouraged to bring their game faces.
“Everyone's got crazy outfits and mustaches to raise awareness!” said Ekblad.
Doug Prusoff, the college engagement manager at the Movember Foundation, said that the tradition started in Australia back in 2003.
“So the first year that they did it they got 30 of their friends together that grew mustaches for the month and didn't raise $1 for any cause whatsoever. But they realize that the growth of a new mustache starts a ridiculous amount of conversation,” said Prusoff.
Along with the tournament, Sigma Nu sold t-shirts and the kickball teams helped raise donations, with all the proceeds going to the Movember Foundation.