FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Playoff beards are all the rage in New England right now, but come November, mustaches will be the facial hair of choice for many in the Revolution organization.
No, the Revs aren’t signing Tom Selleck. That’d be weird. They’re just supporting a great cause.
Throughout the month of November, players, staff members and fans will come together along with MLS WORKS in support of Movember’s annual men’s cancer awareness campaign. In doing so, members of the Revolution’s Movember team will commit to growing a mustache for the entire month to help raise money and awareness for men’s cancers.
Everyone has been affected by cancer – either directly or indirectly – at some point in their lives, but this year’s Movember campaign holds special significance for the Revolution. In April, defender Kevin Alston was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia – returning to the field after four months of treatment – while longtime account executive Kyle Lindsay was also diagnosed and treated for cancer this year.
Both are doing well in their recoveries, but the impact of their diagnoses has prompted the Revolution to put an increased emphasis on Movember and support for cancer awareness.
“This year, in particular, cancer has impacted the Revolution in a very personal way,” said Revolution president Brian Bilello, who’ll join the cause by growing a mustache. “Given how cancer has touched us this year, we really wanted to get involved in an engaging initiative that included our staff, players and fans in raising money and awareness. Movember is the perfect opportunity for us to make an impact on both fronts.”
In addition to Bilello, so far four players – Alston, Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe and Chris Tierney – have also joined the Revolution’s Movember team, along with many front office staff members. The Midnight Riders and Rebellion have also committed to the cause, while all interested fans are encouraged to join the team.
So come November, players, staff members and supporters will be growing mustaches alongside each other for a great cause, all with the goal of being the top fundraising team in the MLS network (which includes all 19 teams as well as the league office, partners and sponsors).
Sounds like a family to me.
“It shows not only the great sense of compassion that our fans, players and staff have for each other, but also how much of a tight-knit community we really are,” said Bilello. “It was important to us to open up our team to fans, and I’m not surprised at all by the positive reaction we’ve had, especially from our supporters groups.”
You can get involved and support the cause by visiting www.mobro.co/nerevolution.