UK Men's Basketball Managers Promote No-Shave for November

Nov. 7, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. - In conjunction with the Markey Cancer Foundation, the equipment managers for the University of Kentucky men's basketball team are currently participating in "No-Shave for November" to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

Beginning Nov. 1, Will Barton, Mark Evans, Robert Hatchett, Zach Lipson, Will Martin, Brett Miller and Andrew Ortelli have not shaved and will continue the trend through the remainder of the month of November. This is the first year the staff has participated in "No-Shave for November" to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

"No-shave November is often celebrated, but many don't know that it was originally established by a group of men to raise awareness for prostate cancer," Martin said.

"When I brought the idea to our group about the cancer cause, we all wanted to grow them as a group. You often hear Coach Cal talk about the `Kentucky Effect' and the tremendous impact of the platform set by our programs tradition and fans. This `Kentucky Effect' is not only patterned by success on the playing field, but also in the community. By not shaving for the entire month of November, we as managers hope to utilize the platform that comes with being a part of a program like Kentucky basketball to raise money for such an amazing cause."

Checks can be made to: Markey Cancer Foundation, 800 Rose Street, CC160, Lexington, KY 40536-0093 or by visiting the Markey Cancer Foundation website:

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. Nearly one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their life and the American Cancer Society estimates 33,720 American men will die of prostate cancer in 2011.

There will be a free prostate screening for men age 40-75 held at Markey Cancer Center on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.ET. It is by appointment only. Please call toll-free 866-340-4488 or 859-257-4488 for more information.