Rugby United New York Announces Players’ Participation in Movember
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NEW YORK (November 1, 2019) – Rugby United New York is thrilled to announce that members of team will participate in Movember. Movember is the leading charity advocating for men’s health worldwide. Since 2003, Movember has funded 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, raising awareness of men’s health issues and transforming the way health services reach men. Movember has over 5 million supporters, both men and women, who will advocate all month long in hopes of making a lasting impact on the future of men’s health.
Throughout the month of November, people all around the world will raise money for a cause, whether it’s running 60 miles, get involved with their workplace, or in our case advocating as a sports team. Our RUNY members will raise money throughout the month for a cause they are passionate about to raise awareness of men’s mental, emotional and physical health in sports.
The RUNY athletes that are participating in this campaign are: Anthony Parry, Alex MacDonald, Connor Wallace-Sims and Dylan Fawsitt. Some of the guys have been participating in Movember for the past couple of years and are very passionate about the cause. We asked the guys a couple of questions to kick off this campaign and what they hope to learn from this experience.
Why do you want to get involved in Movember?
Anthony Parry: I want to raise awareness for a cause that I am passionate about while growing a kick ass mustache. I also think that people should know that I grow the best mustache on the team.
Alex MacDonald: I wanted to encourage men everywhere to live a healthier and happier lifestyle, creating positivity in their own lives to spread to those around them.
Connor Wallace-Sims: I want to raise awareness for men’s mental health through the power of a mustache. I am happy to explain why I have some strange looking facial hair for the entire month!
Dylan Fawsitt: I’ve gotten involved every year since I was 18 and think it’s a great way to promote men’s mental health.
What is your personal goal through participating in this campaign?
AP: I really would like to raise awareness and money for charities that support men’s mental health. Men’s mental health is often overlooked, but many people go through the struggles of life suffering in silence. It’s important for people to know that most people do go through hard times, and suffering does not last forever. Life will always get better eventually.
AMAC: Not only am I looking forward to rocking my first Solo Stache, I want men who may be struggling mentally and physically to know they aren’t alone and that there is always somebody there for them!
CWS: To end the stigma. Too many men suffer in silence. Too many men are ashamed to speak up when it’s time. Too many men are dying because they aren’t talking. I want as many men as possible to feel like they don’t have go at it alone!
DF: It’s ok to talk freely and by doing this I open myself up to be approached by whoever needs a chat.
What do your close family and friends think of you participating in this campaign?
AP: They are happy to support my campaign!
AMAC: My family and friends love the idea and are supporting the cause as best as they can. We’ll see what my girlfriend thinks in a few weeks!
CWS: It’s not something I have been vocal about; it’s something I’m just going to do. I know my friends and family will support my decision.
DF: My wife hates my mustache but understands how important the cause is, so she understands.
Why is it important for you as an athlete to get involved?
AP: For me, rugby has definitely been a consistent passion that has helped me stay grounded when other parts of my life were not going so well. I feel blessed that I have a passion that has kept me moving towards a goal even when obstacles have been thrown in my way. If I can use what small platform I have to help anyone get through something they’re struggling with I will be very grateful.
AMAC: As a professional athlete, I have an influential platform at my disposal to spread awareness to others. But on a personal level, I know I am happier and healthier when I eat well, train hard, and feel better by doing so.
CWS: The life as an athlete isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s physically and mentally draining. It’s important that all athletes can feel that they are able to speak up about any of their issues. Being physically tough on the field is one thing but being mentally tough off the field is another.
DF: No matter what our background is, we as athletes need to feel comfortable to open up and speak when we’re struggling. Everyone on the team is happy and willing to listen to you and help figure out a solution.
What men’s health issue are you passionate about?
AP: I am very passionate about men who suffer from depression. Many people that I know have unfortunately succumb to these illnesses. My message to people currently struggling is that now is the best time to start building strong habits and achieving the goals you have set for yourself. Sometimes the biggest challenge is just getting out of bed and after that everything falls into place.
AMAC: Staying fit and active is something I can’t stress enough to all the men out there who are “too busy” or “too tired” to take a walk on their lunch break or an evening cycle around the neighborhood before bed. Those little minutes add up at the end of the day!
CWS: I am passionate about men’s mental health.
DF: Men’s mental health.
Are there men in your life that have suffered from illnesses such as prostate cancer or mental illness? How has that affected your life and how you take care of yourself?
AP: Yes, I have several family members, and very close friends that suffer from depression. Honestly, I have had 3 of my closest friends die from alcohol and drug abuse before graduating from college, and even more friends that I was not as close with. I firmly believe that building strong habits can change your life; the consistency of good habits allows anyone to build an unshakable mental fortitude.
AMAC: My dad has had his struggles from working hard in construction and on a boat his entire life. As a result, he had some physical health issues and so he took steps to help regain his strength and maintain his physical health. He started cycling every night to “stretch the legs”, wandering Lowe’s after work, and even got convinced to buy sweatpants and join mom at the gym once in a while! I’ve seen his health and mentality improve dramatically (even if he swears it’s his new compression socks doing the trick). Shout out to my mom for encouraging him and holding him accountable every day, keep it up Mo Motha!
CWS: It is something I am trying to be better at. I hope that using this month to raise awareness will lead into this being a consistent fight that we are getting the upper hand on.
DF: I think a lot of men I know struggle with their mental health at some point in their lives, so I hope by me participating in Movember I can encourage them to speak freely and openly about what’s on their minds.
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