Hairy weekend at The Rinks all part of Movember support
Often times as a reader, one may find themselves thinking about the words on the page or otherwise adding additional commentary to what is being read.
Staying in line with the natural tendency to engage and be thoughtful about literature, here is a question.
How many of you know a male?
OK, now that may have been extremely elementary, but bear with me. I’d like you to consider all the male figures you may know. Now think about how many of them have been affected by some sort of physical or mental health issue. Chances are, the majority of people you currently know or have known an individual that has encountered one of these in their lifetime.
Let’s take things one step further and consider how this individual overcame this obstacle. Some may be able to recover simply by following a doctor’s orders. Others may have been able to make lifestyle changes that dramatically impacted their health for the better. The support of friends and family may have been enough to help others overcome whatever they were facing. However, at times these things can come up short.
The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, and longer lives. One of the major challenges facing the male demographic is that in many ways, men’s health has been overshadowed. To be clear, in no way am I saying that other demographics should take a back seat or are less important. What I am saying however, is that promoting healthier living, shining on a light on health issues men face, and fundraising to help fund lifesaving research and projects is something that should be a priority to keep all those male friends and family members in our lives for a long time.
In support of this mission, The Rinks and The Movember Foundation are teaming up for a second year.
This November, The Rinks is hosting their second annual Movember Charity Tournament and Event at The Rinks-Irvine Inline on Saturday, Nov. 12. Last year, right around 25 adult teams participated in the inaugural inline and ball hockey tournament that featured four divisions, including a Novice division geared towards individuals just starting their hockey career. In addition to the return of the inline tournament, The Rinks is looking to beef up their ball hockey tournament this year with the addition of several adult teams and a youth division, calling on those youngsters looking to get involved and support the cause.
Apart from the inline and ball hockey tournament, The Rinks will also play host to Orange County’s 4th Annual Beard and Mustache Competition, presented by Dubs Stache Wax. Last year, nearly 50 competitors came out to show their growth and compete in eight categories. To keep everyone happy and energetic, The Rinks will make food and beverages (of both the regular and adult variety) available to participants and spectators along with having live music for everyone to enjoy throughout the afternoon and evening.
So, there are two hockey tournaments going on, a beard and mustache competition, live music – what could make all of this better you ask? A second day of more fun, mustaches, and hockey, of course.
On Sunday, Nov. 13, The Rinks-Huntington Beach Inline will be hosting Part II of The Rinks Movember weekend with its first annual Stache Dache. This 5k, 10k and kids run is open to anyone with the desire to get active and support a great cause. Following the conclusion of this race, racers can join fellow participants at the post-race party. This celebration of being active will feature live music and great prizes for best mustache, team spirit and many more. Those over 21 will have the chance to enjoy one complimentary beverage at the beer and wine garden, courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Company.
For more information or to register, visit www.the-rinks.com/movember.
— Jonathan Watanabe