Gophers Launch 'Govember' Campaign
Nov. 4, 2013
Minnesota Golden Gopher student-athletes are teaming with the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer throughout the month of November. Similar to the international Movember events, four Golden Gopher student-athletes, University mascot Goldy Gopher and Gopher fans will raise funds by growing mustaches throughout the month. The University community and Gopher Fans will donate funds by voting each week for the mustache they like the most through pledges dedicated to that student-athlete, mascot or fan. All funds go directly towards the Masonic Cancer Center.
The student-athletes featured on the Govember site are football quarterback Mitch Leidner, basketball guard Austin Hollins, baseball outfielder David Bettenburg and track & field's Nate Roese. Fans will track each participant's progress, as well as one "at-large" chosen each week and Goldy Gopher.
Fans will submit their Govember mustaches by 2 p.m. each Thursday and one will be chosen for Friday's progress check and voting. That fan will stay on the site the entire week until the next fan is chosen the following week. Fans may submit their photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Masonic Cancer Center creates a collaborative research environment focused on the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer; applying that knowledge to improve quality of life for patients and survivors; and sharing its discoveries with other scientists, students, professionals, and the community. Founded in 1991, the cancer center became a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in 1997, one of only 41 institutions in the United States and two in Minnesota to hold that designation.