On the field, defenseman Ken Clausen is the only three-time first-team All-American in Virginia lacrosse history. But when Clausen graduated in 2010, he also left behind a unique legacy off the field.
Of facial hair.
Clausen and Virginia athletic trainer Rebecca Vozzo founded “Lacrosse Mustache Madness” in the fall of 2009. The annual event uses mustaches as a way to raise money for the HEADstrong Foundation, an organization that raises money to cure blood cancers.
“It’s a talking point, and that was really Ken’s big thing,” Vozzo explained. “When he goes to the library; or now, when he goes to different stores, or goes places. Who is this crazy guy with this mustache, and why does he have it?”
Virginia was one of less than 50 teams to participate in Mustache Madness. The event raised $32,000. Last year, in its third year, it raised $95,000, and more than 100 programs are participating this year.