students and staff playing pickleball

The Floyd Academy recently raised $300 in a “Movember” fundraiser, an effort designed to support and bring awareness to men’s physical and mental health issues. To reach this goal, students in Ms. Marie Martin’s Introduction to Cooking class baked gingerbread and mustache-shaped cookies for purchase. Additionally, students, through weekly lessons, learned about topics related to men’s health including suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancers.

cookies made in the shape of mustaches

Mustache cookies made for the Movember
fundraiser to support men's health.

Then, as a culminating event to mark the end of Movember, the Floyd Academy hosted their first annual Men’s Health Pickleball Tournament organized by Floyd Academy physical education teacher Mr. Thomas Stines and members of the William Floyd High School physical education staff including teachers Nicole Alesi, Jordan Carlock, Don Law, Matt Martins, Cobi Rose, Jill Sanders, Paige Sherlock and Greg Snyder.

“The tournament was a great opportunity to come together and raise awareness for this cause,” said Mr. Stines, noting that nearly 50 people participated in the event.

At the end of the tournament, Floyd Academy principal Mr. John DeBenedetto addressed the students and staff involved, stating, “I am truly thankful for your dedication and commitment to this cause. Your involvement and support in this fundraiser and tournament made it a great success and played a significant role in raising awareness for men’s health.”

Movember, which began in Australia in 2003, is a portmanteau or combination of the word moustache (Australian spelling) and November. For this event, men are encouraged to grow mustaches or facial hair to raise funds awareness for men’s health.

Pickleball tournament participants
  • Floyd Academy
  • Main
  • Secondary
  • WF High School