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Two Basketball Pros Battle Off the Court for Charity

This season’s wild playoff run isn’t the only thing keeping fans on the edge of their seats. Toronto’s DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph have teamed up to help The Carroll Family Foundation while battling for beard glory. This four-week competition, now in full swing, kicked off on April 10 with a shave-down event in which the two players trimmed down their facial hair, leveling the playing field as the battle for the best beard began.

The Wahl Beard Battle, an initiative from men’s grooming leader Wahl Canada, features the two teammates engaging in a beard-growing competition to raise money for The Carroll Family Foundation (CFF), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the prevention and treatment of adolescents suffering from pediatric liver disease and disorders, which affects 10 percent of children. In the end, the loser will be subjected to a friendly, high-profile punishment.

“It’s an honor to be partnering with Wahl and Cory on such a fun campaign, and for a cause that’s near and dear to me,” said Carroll.

“When I heard about the Wahl Beard Battle and that DeMarre was in, my response was, ‘game on,’” added Joseph. “Not only am I a big fan of Wahl, but it’s for a great cause. DeMarre may have me on the dreads, I’ll give him that, but when it comes to the beard, that’s my domain.”

Fans and supporters can help the cause—and ensure their favorite player is on the winning end of the Beard Battle—by casting their vote via Facebook. Fans who follow the players’ updates on Wahl Canada’s Facebook page now through May 8 can vote on their pinned post. For every vote, Wahl Canada will donate $1, up to $10,000, to CFF.

May the best beard win!




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