Gophers To Shave Heads, Raise Money For Pediatric Cancer Research

Go Gophers! Senior Mike Rallis is one of more than 60 football players who will be shaving his head to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research.
Go Gophers!
Senior Mike Rallis is one of more than 60 football players who will be shaving his head to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research.
Go Gophers!

Oct. 20, 2012

University of Minnesota student athletes from the football team and volleyball team will have their heads shaved on Oct. 29 to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research.

Minnesota wide receiver Connor Cosgrove, who is battling leukemia, conceptualized the idea and immediately got more than 60 of his teammates to commit to shaving their heads for the cause. Senior setter Mia Tabberson of the volleyball team has also committed to shave her head. In addition, assistant director to Student-Athlete Welfare Anissa Lightner, who works closely with Gopher student athletes in community relations and charitable giving, will be shaving her head.

The Gophers are partnering with St. Baldrick's Foundation to raise money and awareness. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

A public service announcement featuring Cosgrove and senior linebacker Mike Rallis (who has not had a haircut in four years) will run in-stadium during the Oct. 27 home football game against Purdue. On Saturday, Oct. 27, fans are able to text the word HERO to 27722 to donate $5. Fans are able to donate up to five times per phone. The text donations will only be operational on Oct. 27.

However, fans can donate immediately online at http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/575824/2012 to support the football team or at http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/575460/2012 to support Tabberson and Lightner. When fans make a donation on the football page they are encouraged to write what member of the football team they are supporting in the "Recognition Information" section. 

Donations will also be accepted prior to Minnesota's home volleyball match against Illinois on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Williams Arena. At this time, fans will also be able to purchase a Gophers Clips Cancer t-shirt for $10. Fans will be able to get into the volleyball match for free with a football ticket stub from the Oct. 27 Purdue game.

Tabberson and members of the football team will be shaving their heads on Oct. 29. A location, time and schedule will be announced in the near future.

Tabberson and members of the football team will be available to discuss their participation at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the football team room following coach Jerry Kill's weekly press conference.

Media interested in covering the events should contact either Paul Rovnak (psrovnak@umn.edu) or Michelle Traen (traen001@umn.edu) in the Minnesota Athletic Communications department.