Thursday, September 11, 2014

NFL Should Form, Fund A Respect Organization

I saw a post on social media saying the NFL should change their primary recipient of support and funding from that certain rose-hued campaign to supporting Domestic Violence awareness. I get what they are saying. First the pink campaign has little to do with its people - sure there are probably plenty of players impacted by a friend or family member with breast cancer - but with Ray Rice as the latest, there have been more than enough reports of players involved in DV. Add to that the questionable value of the pink campaign and looking for another cause where support could be better controlled becomes relevant. Not that DV specifically is a bad idea, but I have a better one. I think the NFL should create a sensitivity program not only for its players but for all athletic programs (and others as well) - or maybe I should spin it the other way - maybe they should support a cause not only to the public, but to their players as well. There are plenty of player- and team-related stories where general respect and sensitivity are lacking and promoting it to the players and through them to all men could have huge, immediate impact.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Distinguished Gentleman' Ride - Motorcycles For Men's Health

When fundraising and awareness efforts combine a great cause with a unique method is a win for all involved. At GMM here we are always looking for charitable events that are by and/or for men - and when the two are combined - when it is a man-friendly event for a men's cause, well it gets the GMM seal of approval, for what that's worth. At the end of the month I will be participating in an event that is all about Greater Milwaukee Men -  The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, an international motorcycle ride for Classics, cafĂ© racers, bobbers, trackers, customs, modern classics, classic scooters & undefinable 2/3 wheeled machines to raise awareness and finds for prostate cancer on September 28. The Milwaukee ride details are here, and there is a Facebook page.

On the surface that's two tings going for this event - motorcycles, and prostate cancer - but it ups the ante by making it a unique ride. Participants in the ride are called on to dress up - be dapper - on their bikes (vintage preferred).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Brewers Support MECA Vest A K-9 Fest

These are the types of vests that the event will help provide
Milwaukee Professional Baseball Players, WAMI Award Winner And GAB to attend the 2014 MECA Vest A K-9 Fest.

In partnership with FOX Sports Network (FSN), Dr. Lichtenberger, DVM, DACVECC and The MECA Foundation  will host the 3rd annual MECA Vest A K-9 Fest Saturday, July 26th from 10am until 3pm at the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals located in Greenfield, WI.

Last year over 1200 people attended the event in support of the MECA Foundation’s mission, which is to provide total wellness for Wisconsin police k-9's including veterinary care, financial support for police K-9's and K-9 protective vests.

Wisconsin has over 235 canine officers and most of them do not have protection. The average cost of a K-9 vest is $840.  Each vest is bullet and stab proof and made of the same ballistic material as the human officer vest. The vest weights approximately 6 lbs. The vests do not inhibit the K-9's movement. The K-9's wear the vests in training exercises so they are ready and able to do their work while wearing the vest. A K-9 vest is not worn like a uniform, but rather only as needed. The K-9s' Handler will put the vest on the K-9 when there is an increased danger level.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Great Play: Buy A Futbol For Yourself And Give One

Buy a One World Futbol and they will donate one
We are big fans of the Buy On Give One model where a company donates a product to those in need for each one bought from them Unfortunate like many socially conscious products, finding man-friendly ones can be tough. I just heard of one that not only fits that bill, but is timely as well. You have o be living under a rock to not know that the FIFA World Cup is going on right now, even for us Americans to whom it is not considered one of the big sports. Not only that, the Milwaukee County Parks recently added a new soccer-related activity via 2 FootGolf courses, as port that combines golf with soccer. Info on our local courses is here. If you are feeling the excitement and want to get out and try your hand, at soccer or FootGolf, you will need one thing really: the ball.

If you buy a soccer ball, or a futbol as the rest of the world calls it, why not get it from the One World Futbol Project who will in turn donate one to organizations working with youth in disadvantaged communities worldwide? You can also just purchase balls to donate directly to their network of organizations.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This Men's Health Week Look Out For Other Men

Value, and care, for other men this year
Every year the second week of June is Men's Health Week, a week chosen partly as it leads up to and includes Father's Day. Since Father's Day is a day we celebrate and look to other men, I thought it appropriate to do the same in regards to Men's Health Week. Normally we would be speaking to the importance of being aware of your own health and especially men's health issues, instead, for this year, we want you to look at your friends and family and help them be aware and reach out in ways to help everyone around you. We want you to reach out to your fellow man and help them be healthy.

In our annual Men's Health Week post, we list the 7 top health concerns specific to men which include Suicide, Type 2 diabetes, Stroke, Chronic lower respiratory diseases, Accidents, Cancer, and #1 Heart disease. Use that post and its information as a way to see the signs not in yourself, but in others and if you see them help convince them, since men need convincing, to seek help in improving their health.