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Jacks team up with Brookings Health

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/09/2012 16:34:40
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South Dakota State Athletics will host its first-ever "Movember Game" in partnership with Brookings Health System during the Jackrabbit men's basketball team's home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The game will include messages from Brookings Health System, SDSU men's basketball head Coach Scott Nagy, as well as men's basketball student-athletes encouraging men to be mindful of the various health issues they face. A mini health fair will also be hosted on the concourse of Frost Arena, where Jackrabbit fans — regardless of age or gender — can receive free blood pressure tests and other screenings.

Movember is an annual, month-long event where men grow mustaches during November to raise vital awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. Men who partake in the event, known as Mo Bros, are supported by the women in their lives, known as Mo Sistas and effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their participation they raise awareness by promoting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men's health and raise critical funds for men's health issues by seeking out sponsorship for their mustache-growing efforts. Since its beginnings in Australia, Movember has grown to become a global movement inspiring more than 1.9 million participants in 14 countries. In 2011, more than 854,000 people around the world raised $126.3 million

Brookings Health System proudly supports the Movember movement and strongly encourages men and women in our community to help spread awareness of men's health issues to help keep our fathers, sons and brothers healthy.

"Many men do not talk about or lack awareness of the health issues they face," said Brookings Health System President and CEO Jason Merkley. "Brookings Health System has chosen to embrace the international Movember movement to help start a conversation regarding men's health in our community. The mustache serves as a symbol and a catalyst for men to openly and comfortably discuss their health. We're happy the SDSU Athletic Department has joined us with this effort."

For more information on Movember, visit brookingshealth.org/movember.

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