Posted at: 02/14/2013 10:54 PM
Updated at: 02/15/2013 3:22 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe
The UMD Women's Basketball team is a talented team, but their community contributions might just outshine them. After Friday night's game, about 15 people, including several players, will donate their hair to people in need.
Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Guard Forward Jessica Newman, a sophomore at UMD, is willing to sport a new 'do in honor of her aunt, who is fighting cancer for the second time.
"This past week, I was like, 'Oh, I'm going to miss my hair,' but I think it's just such a great honor, and I couldn't think of a stronger woman that I'd want to donate in honor of... that's what's making me fully commit to doing it," Newman said.
UMD Women's Basketball Head Coach Annette Wiles said she got the idea after seeing an opposing team do something similar. She said it was a contribution that she's never forgotten.
"This is just a great opportunity and something we're very eager to support," Wiles said.
The cutting is happening in UMD's Romano Gym during half-time of the UMD Men's Basketball game, following the UMD Women's Basketball game. Anyone with eight to 10 inches is also welcome to come and donate their hair.