Rise Up For Rob #RiseUpForRob

SIDEARM Sports is proud to present the Burly for 30 Challenge!

As we move closer to the end of another amazingly successful year, we'd like to take a chance to give something back to the community that we're so proud and fortunate to be a part of.

Rise Up For Rob Over the past two years, for the month of November, all of the employees of SIDEARM Sports and our nearly 700 partners have lent our faces to raise nearly $25,000 for a cause. In 2011, we raised money for cancer research. In 2012, we honored the life of Rex Fleming, son of Abilene Christian University's Associate Director of Athletics for Media Relations, Lance Fleming.

In 2013, we've chosen a new cause to throw our support [and facial hair] behind. SIDEARM Sports is a Syracuse, NY based company, and it's no secret that our very first venture into collegiate athletics was in support of Syracuse University's suathletics.com. In many ways, it's been Syracuse that has afforded us with the opportunity to be successful in this market. Last month, a long time former member of the Syracuse staff, Rob Edson, passed away unexpectedly. To say that Rob was respected and well known throughout the industry would be a vast understatement. Rob was endlessly positive and forward-thinking, a truly brilliant leader, husband and father.

Rob left Syracuse in 2011 to become the Athletic Director of Onondaga Community College in part so that he could have more time to focus on his family - Sue [longtime SU Assistant Athletics Director/Communications], Thomas, 14, and Tracey, 11. Rob continued his success at OCC, garnering accolades after only a short time in office.

When we came together this year to decide what cause we would be backing this month, it was unanimous that we support our long-term friend and SIDEARM family member. We want to honor his life and dedication to the industry. Rob spent endless hours in the high-stress, heavy-workload environment, and he truly made the industry better for it. This year, 100% of funds raised will go into a college scholarship fund for his children, Tracey and Thomas.

Lance Fleming
Abilene Christian University
Jon King
Alvernia University
Paul Smith
Arkansas Tech
Bill Patrick
AXA Equitable
Erik Siewert
AXA Equitable
Richard Bregnard
Bregnard Family
JoAn Bregnard
Bregnard Family/SU
Kelly Vergin
Alex Helmbrecht
Chadron State College
Joseph McLain
Chadron State College
Tyler McIntosh
Concord University
Bill Morris
Daemen College
Wade Jones
Dallas Baptist University
Aaron Sagraves
Davenport University
David Gerhart
Davenport University
BJ Spigelmyer
DeSales University
Matthew Kosty
Express Mart Convenience Stores
Gary Holden
Ferrum College
Braden Snyder
Gettysburg College
Troy Mitchell
Henderson State University
Joe Arancio
High Point University
Mike Muehling
Hudson Valley Community College
Alex Keil
Jacksonville University
Ryan McNamara
Mansfield University
Colleen Dempsey
Mansfield University
Ricky Webster
Marshalltown Community College
Jim Seavey
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
David Pillen
McNeese State University
Hunter Bower
McNeese State University
Ian Gibson
Messiah College
Cooper Weidenthaler
Millersville University
Ethan Hulsey
Millersville University
Eugene Canal
Nova Southeastern University
KC Hahey
Nova Southeastern University
Scott Duckworth
Nova Southeastern University
Amy Hafner
Nova Southeastern University
Andrea Buenano
Nova Southeastern University
Steve Wilcosky
Nova Southeastern University
Gregg Cohen
SuEllen Jacobs
Todd Montana
Mike Bielak
Oswego State
Kevin Beattie
John Stallings
Donny Nadeau
Saint Mary's University
Bill Jones
Skidmore College
Tyler Lobe
Sonoma State University
Kent Phillips
Southeast Missouri State University
Sean Stevenson
Southeast Missouri State University
Christopher Brown
Southeast Missouri State University
Daniel Gallegos
Southern Arkansas University
Joe Keniston
St. Lawrence University
Willi Steinrotter
St. Lawrence University
Tim Volkmann
SUNY Geneseo
Kevin VanDerzee
Syracuse University
RJ Licata
Syracuse University Football
Dameon Myres
Tarleton State University
Larry Dougherty
Temple University
Matthew Prink
University of Illinois Springfield
Joe Hansen
University of Minnesota Duluth
Nicholas Hall
University of Vermont
Matthew Bowman
Upstate Medical University
Kendal Sherrouse
Warner University
Aaron Cannady
Wingate University
Ryan Brown
Wingate University
David Sherwood
Wingate University
Nicholas Roy
Wingate University

The Competition

We'll be holding a couple contests that allow contest participants to showcase the quality of their burly beards and alike. In addition to the contests, the best growth at the end of the month gets an extra special prize too!

School Spirit Contest

Time to represent your favorite athletics program! Snag some gear, a mascot, maybe even a team or two, and prove that you've got the most school pride!


Nov. 8 - 5PM [ET]


Nov. 11 - Nov. 12

Winner Announced

Nov. 13

Sweater Vest Contest

Rob notoriously wore a sweater vest to nearly every athletic event. In tribute, let's see the best one you can find!


Nov. 15 - 5PM [ET]


Nov. 18 - Nov. 19

Winner Announced

Nov. 20

Burly Best Contest

This one is for all the marbles! Let's see what you've been able to grow in 30 days! Note that the winner might have the best photo submission rather than the thickest "burl", so start planning now!


Dec. 2 - 5PM [ET]


Dec. 3 - Dec. 6

Winner Announced

Dec. 6

How to Place Your Vote

Contestants are encouraged to have their friends, family, coworkers, students and even enemies vote for them each week! Voters must log in with their valid Facebook account and are able to vote one time per 24 hour period. Contestant with the most votes when voting closes is the winner!

Official Burly30 Rules!



In the spirit of competition, SIDEARM Sports will provide a few great prizes to those who have dedicated their faces to 30 days of razor free, manly takeover.