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.
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.
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!
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
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
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
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!
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.