THeadshaving is an old tradition that occurs every year during our Spirit Week of Madness, the week leading up to THON weekend. Spirit Week also includes events where we decorate signs and T-shirts for specific Theme Hours during THON, a showing of the movie made about the story of the Four Diamonds, and other events that change every year! On Thursday of that week, Springfielders gather in the Simmons basement to watch or participate in head shaving! Head shaving is completely voluntary, not at all required - but anyone can participate!
During THON weekend, some Springfielders (and other THON volunteers) like to shave their heads in solidarity with the children who have lost their hair during chemo. Not only is THeadshaving a fun event, but it also has a much deeper meaning to those who participate. For many THON kids, their hair is a huge part of their identity, and being different from everyone is very difficult. When they come to THON, many of them look up to the cool college kids on the floor and in the stands. To show them that having no hair is cool, we take one weekend of the year to show them that they aren’t all that different!
Many Springfielders say this is one of their favorite things to do during THON weekend because it is a small gesture that can make a huge difference; it can make a kid feel more confident and comfortable in their own skin during a time that’s already difficult to maneuver.
This event has evolved greatly in Springfield over the years. Today, we gather in the Simmons Residence Hall basement with music and snacks and take turns being shaved or doing the shaving! During this time, the board also gets pied in the face as part of a fundraiser! In addition to the great laughs and the emotional significance, it is a great way to get excited for THON the next day!!