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by Kortnie Rasmussen   |   November 8, 2020

Side Effect of COVID-19: Full Beards For Grow and Give

In the year 2020, there is seemingly nothing that COVID-19 has not affected.  One surprising and unforeseen side effect has been discovered this fall; that men don’t want to shave their “quaranbeards”. Earlier in the year when everyone found themselves isolated at home to prevent the spread of the virus, men ditched their razors, left caution to the wind, and let it grow. 

ODU Staff are joining ZERO again for Grow and Give.

This recent side effect was discovered by Coach Jeff Jones. Coach Jones is the Head Basketball Coach at Old Dominion University and is fighting his own battle with prostate cancer. Last year, he recruited a team that joined him in raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer by not shaving their facial hair for the entire month of November and documenting the journey from the last shave at the end of October all the way through the Grow and Give season of November. Excited to involve his team, “The Blue Crew”, in their second year of the competition, he was hoping to see the same level of enthusiasm. However, due to COVID-19 and a fair few who kept their beards from last year’s Grow and Give season, he says, “It’s been really tough to get my guys to shave their beards and start fresh for the competition this year.”

He has decided to issue this larger invitation, “Calling all Monarch fans and Virginians: Coach Jones challenges the community to join his team this year and BEARD UP for a good cause.” Take part in ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer’s Grow & Give campaign during the month of November. ZERO has offered an alternative challenge for those in the community who aren’t willing to part with their beloved facial hair: Instead of a “no shaving” competition, participants can take part in a fundraising challenge. After a month of creative and safe fundraising, those who do not meet their goals will have to dye their beards blue for prostate cancer awareness – what The Blue Crew is all about! 

Join Coach Jones’s fight against prostate cancer and register today at: zerocancer.org/grow.

ODU Coach Jones shared his prostate cancer journey with ZERO on one of our 2019 podcasts. You can listen here.