Gophers To Shave Heads, Raise Money For Pediatric Cancer Research
Volleyball player Mia Tabberson and more than 60 members of the football team will shave their heads on Monday to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research.

Oct. 27, 2012


On Monday, Oct. 29, University of Minnesota student athletes from the football team and volleyball team will have their heads shaved 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.

Members of the football team will have their heads shaved between 1-5 p.m. on Monday in the entrance to the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex. Tabberson, who will be shedding her long locks, will have her head shaved at 3 p.m. on Monday in the same location.

In addition, Cosgrove and a few members of the football team will have their heads shaved at KSTP-TV during the local news from 6-7 p.m. on Monday.

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.

Fans are able to support the Gophers by donating via text message. Today (Oct. 27) only, fans can text the word HERO to 27722 to donate $5 to St. Baldrick's Foundation. Fans are able to donate up to five times per phone. The text donations will only be operational on Oct. 27.

Fans can also donate anytime online at to support the Gophers.  



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 today’s home football game against Purdue.

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 game.

Media interested in covering the event on Monday should contact either Paul Rovnak ( or Michelle Traen ( in the Minnesota Athletic Communications department.


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