By Lila Moore, Staff Writer
The University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) men’s rugby team will be hosting a hair auction this spring in an effort to raise money for the team’s upcoming season.
Four members of the team have volunteered their locks to be auctioned off to the students of UMF on Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30pm in The Landing, located in the Olsen Student Center.
“In addition to my own head, Frank Makuch, [Nathan] Mo Schultz, Matt Bigelow, and Craig Bailey have agreed to sell the rights to their hair,” said Mark Garrido, a junior and captain of the team in an online interview. “I’m hoping more boys are willing to put their hair on the line. We are a team, right?”
The bidding will go accordingly: each bid will begin at one dollar and can then be raised by any amount until there are no more bids. The individual who bids the highest will then have the opportunity to shave the player’s head in any way they please and the boys will keep the hairstyle for as long as they want. “I’ll be sporting mine until my girlfriend breaks up with me or Care and Comfort fires me for lack of professionalism, whichever comes first,” said Garrido.
The money the boys raise will be used for weekend expenses, such as interstate tolls during trips to matches, food and beverages. Originally the money was going to be raised to help fund a trip to Rhode Island to compete in the “Beast of the East” tournament, but due to budget cuts from the student senate that were applied this semester, that is no longer an option for the team. Instead, the boys will travel to New York to compete in a smaller tournament with schools such as Union, Hamilton and Williams.
Garrido admits that the idea for the auction was not the UMF team’s idea. The idea came from an encounter with the Colby team during last spring’s Beast of the East tournament. “[Some of the players] had reverse mohawks, halos, a yarmulke, and a orbital. Mac [the pack captain for Colby] explained to me that in order to have some more funds for the weekend at Beast, they auctioned away their hair,” said Garrido.
The hair auction is not the only auction the boys plan on having this semester. In addition, they will be auctioning off their current jerseys at their 22nd annual UMF Rugby Alumni match at Prescott Field on May 11th, a week after the state championship match. Garrido hopes to organize a tournament to take place on UMF fields that will be sponsored by representatives from Rugby Depot and Black Bear Energy, who have already agreed to the event.
“My hope is to broaden experiences by traveling outside of Maine (our fall schedule limits us to an all-Maine bracket where we compete with only Maine teams), and declare Farmington’s reputation for hard-hitting, sound rugby with schools who haven’t yet had the opportunity to compete with us,” said Garrido about where he would like to see the team go this season.
For more information about the hair auction, or about the Men’s Rugby team, join the event page on Facebook or contact Mark Garrido.