By Cy Brown
No Shave November, or Movember, gets men in touch with their inner-bearded hipster nationwide, and the University of Arkansas Athletic Department is putting the month to good use.
The #StachesForSlive campaign was created by Arkansas to pay tribute to retiring Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive and raise money and awareness for prostate cancer, a disease Slive is currently battling after a recurrence. From StachesForSlive.com:
The Razorbacks' coaches and staff will grow their best mustaches or beards throughout the month of November as part of the national movement of Movember, which heightens the awareness of men's health issues including prostate cancer. Razorback Athletics' campaign will go under the hashtag #StachesForSlive with the money raised going to the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in Little Rock.
Folks at Arkansas have been growing their beards and staches since Nov. 3, so some of them are getting pretty thick. The group growing their facial hair is mainly Arkansas caches and athletic administrators, as well as doctors at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.
The #StachesForSlive website is updated each Monday to show the progress of participants' beards and mustaches. Donations for prostate cancer research are being solicited, and the first 100 people who give $100 or more will be invited to attend the Arkansas's Nov. 30 basketball game against Iona with the coaches and administrators who participated.
In this recent tweet from Arkansas football head coach Bret Bielema, his beard can be seen growing thick and hearty after just a week.
Bielema has an especially personal connection to the disease through his father. From The Baxter Bulletin:
"My dad was actually a prostate cancer fighter," Bielema said. "So, it's something I hold close to my heart. Our thoughts are with Mr. Slive and the 'No-Shave November' to try and raise awareness for prostate cancer and everything that involves."
Arkansas football has not won an SEC game in the last two years. Hopefully, Bielema will break that streak some time in the next month with a full-on ZZ Top beard. Everyone would think a hermit wandered onto the sideline and more money and awareness would be raised for prostate cancer. It would be a great day.
Cy Brown is a writer and freelancer based in Athens, Georgia. He lives with a dingo. Follow him on Twitter @CEPBrown.