Hilton’s varsity hockey team raises over $4,800 for men’s health issues during “MOvember”

By on December 2, 2019
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MOvember is an annual event that is symbolized by growing a mustache to raise awareness about men’s health issues like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health issues, such as depression. What started in Australia in 2003 has blossomed into one of the biggest and most widely known fundraisers for men’s health. Like breast cancer awareness, it’s truly become a global movement. By the year 2030, The MOvember Foundation vows to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 percent. So, MOvember’s mantra is “for 30 days, grow your ‘mo and use it to raise funds for men’s health!”  

This year, the Hilton Cadets varsity ice hockey team has decided to take on this worthy cause for a specific reason. The team has always prided itself on being more of a family than just a sports program. “At the high school level, especially in Hilton, our educational-based philosophy toward athletics helps our student athletes realize that there is a world outside of themselves,” said Coach Chris Monfiletto. “It is imperative that they find every opportunity to give back to the community and their ‘family’ as much as possible.”   

This past summer, one of the beloved members of the Hilton Hockey “family,” Phil DeGrandis, unexpectedly and tragically passed away. “This individual was not only a great person and supporter, but integral to the success of our ‘family,’” said Monfiletto. “This individual would do anything that was asked of him in support of our players, and always did so with a smile on his face. This loss shook everybody in the Hilton Hockey family, the Hilton community, and the hockey community to its core.” 

Derek Zajac, father of senior player and Captain John Zajac, suggested that the team honor DeGrandis’ memory and the memory of other men who passed way too soon by participating in MOvember to raise awareness of men’s health issues. “The student athletes that are in the Varsity Ice Hockey program are outstanding young men, and they have accepted this challenge with the utmost pride and character,” said Monfiletto. “Our original goal was to raise $1,000, but that number was surpassed rather quickly.” As of November 25, the team had raised over $4,800.

“This activity has made these young men of the varsity ice hockey program recognize how much a group can accomplish when they work together for a common goal,” Monfiletto added.

On November 22, the team gathered in the evening at the Merton Williams Middle School gym to for a high-intensity workout with the Greece Police SWAT Team, led by Joelle Delgatti, in support of MOvember.

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The Hilton varsity hockey team worked out with the Greece Police SWAT team in support of MOvember, which raises awareness for men’s health issues.

The Hilton varsity hockey team worked out with the Greece Police SWAT team in support of MOvember, which raises awareness for men’s health issues.