In memory of 9-year-old honorary teammate Nicholas DeFelice
Hockey fans at the University of Massachusetts Lowell may be noticing a growth spurt – of facial hair – as Riverhawks teammates sprout moustaches to raise money for the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation as part of the team’s “Movember” campaign.
“Movember” is the name of a nationally recognized fundraising campaign that inspires men to grow moustaches during the month of November to raise money and awareness for various causes. The Riverhawks are supporting neuroblastoma research and education as a tribute to 9-year-old honorary teammate Nicholas DeFelice, who succumbed to the disease over the summer.
The Riverhawks had drafted Nicholas last year as part of the nonprofit Team IMPACT initiative to link college sports teams with children fighting cancer. Diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma at age 3, Nicholas spent many days at Riverhawk practices, attended a few games and dropped the puck to begin the regular-season finale against Providence.
“Nick was like a little brother to the team and inspired us all,” Riverhawks captain Riley Wetmore said. “Nick always had a smile.”
Riverhawks fans and supporters everywhere can donate to their favorite player’s campaign – and check out how the players’ mustaches are progressing – by clicking on their photos at http://goriverhawks.com/sports/2012/10/24/Movember.aspx
December 1 will be Neuroblastoma Night at UMass Lowell’s Tsongas Center. A representative of CNCF will thank the team and fans and collect proceeds. As of this writing, the Riverhawks had raised $7,500, said Dan Darrow, UMass Lowell director of hockey operations.