College football players tend to lend themselves to more scrutiny than sincerity off the field, as seen this week at Alabama and Ole Miss. At times, it's hard to even see a positive light shone on the college game in midst of distractions and antics from Johnny Football, among others.
But then, you can see the good not just one player, but many, can make to the community surrounding their university.
During its bye week, some members of the Wisconsin football team agreed to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer research by giving up something of their own: their hair. The event on Thursday afternoon, "Shave to Save," allowed patients from the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison to shave several Badgers' heads. Once the players' heads were shaved, the patients and their families enjoyed a pizza party with the Badgers.
Make sure you check out more photos on Wisconsin Football's Facebook page.
Rather than having me adding a caption to every tweet put out by Wisconsin's athletic department and various members of the media, let's have the pics speak for themselves:
#Badgers Ethan Armstrong "Shave to Save" 1st to get his locks cut pic.twitter.com/Y0qYfT5bZy— Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) October 3, 2013
#Badgers LB Conor O'Neill is next on "Shave to Save" for ##BadgersGiveBack pic.twitter.com/B2NI1FIixU— Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) October 3, 2013
#Badgers TE Jacob Pedersen poses with one his hair stylists. pic.twitter.com/ZlbkYV1siy— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) October 3, 2013
Last but not least @WISC_89 for "Shave to Save" #lotsofbaldplayers ##BadgersGiveBack pic.twitter.com/JF6pB7K1Bz— Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) October 3, 2013
#Badgers OL Kyle Costigan gets ready to lose his locks. pic.twitter.com/LpB0akxqG5— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) October 3, 2013
Now all three #Badgers @disGROYer79 @j_ped48 @E_Armstrong36 in "Shave to Save" #BadgersGiveBack pic.twitter.com/JlrVSs6lrW— Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) October 3, 2013
That was yesterday. Today, some Badgers visited a local elementary school:
#FridayFocus Using their day off to give back: #Badgers visiting Elvehjem elementary school today! #BadgersGiveBack pic.twitter.com/wpBQHHKyZJ— Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) October 4, 2013
Looks like a bye week spent well serving the Madison community.