BOSTON — Baseball champions David Ortiz and Shane Victorino had their beards trimmed and shaved by Gillette on Nov. 4 to mark the end of the 2013 season. So what happened to those champion chops? Are they making their way down the drains of Gillette’s World Shave headquarters? Have they been flushed out into the Atlantic? No.
Every strand of the beards was saved. The shavings and the Gillette Fusion ProGlide razors that shaved each champion beard have been assembled into memorabilia in sports history – beard ball trophies – and they are up for auction on eBay, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Movember.
Movember is a global men’s health charity that encourages men to grow their Mo (moustache) for the 30 days of November. Through the power of the moustache, funds and awareness are raised for men’s health to help combat prostate and testicular cancer.
The money raised by their champion chin hairs will add to the funds generated by Team Gillette, a lineup of celebrity Movember supporters, including Mo Sista Kate Upton as Captain. And on Dec. 1, Mo Bros across the country will share in the smoothness felt by Ortiz and Victorino as they shave off their Mo’s.
“We’ve never done anything like this,” stated Hooman Shahidi, senior brand manager for Gillette. “But their facial hair has been the symbol of the team since spring training and became part of baseball lore. We hope the shavings help raise awareness for important men’s health issues and find good homes with passionate fans.”