“Making the Cut” took on a new meaning for Corey Momsen this year when the 2017 graduate donated his signature long blonde hair to Wigs for Kids, an organization that provides free hair prosthetics to children facing cancer and other serious medical issues.
Inspired by teammates from the Austin Huns, Momsen decided it was time for a change, and his “loss” would be a child’s gain. “I’m transitioning from playing rugby to coaching and developing the sport from an administrative perspective, so I needed a more businesslike look. Two of my Texas teammates had donated their hair to Wigs For Kids, and I decided it was the right thing for me to do, too.”
Momsen let his hair grow for about four years in college and took some heat as an athlete for his style. “I remember one of my first coaches at AIC calling me out for it,” said Momsen. “He had video clips of me constantly adjusting my hair during a game. So, yeah, it was challenging playing rugby with long hair.”
Keeping his locks in shape to donate also took some care and maintenance, but Momsen said knowing they would go to a good cause made the effort worthwhile. And Momsen is no stranger to charitable causes. On July 24, when he went under the scissors, it was his mother, Lyn Momsen, who did the honors. “My mom is a school teacher, but she’s also a hair stylist on the side, so I grew up watching her cut hair for donations like this.”
Even rugby’s infamous tagline has taken on new meaning. Give blood—play rugby, which most people associate with the toughness of the sport, originally referred to players who sold blood to raise money for team expenses. Today, according to Momsen, “Rugby clubs host blood drives to recruit players and give back to the community. My local club, Oconomowoc RFC, would sponsor drives with The Red Cross and The Blood Center of Wisconsin, and I tried to donate a pint every time.”
Momsen played with the Austin Huns from January to June of this year before changing his game plan. He recently received his 200-level USA rugby coaching certification and is interning with Woodside Sports in Wisconsin Dells where he coordinates special events and schedules local rugby tournaments for youth. “I love what I’m doing,” said Momsen, “and my hope is to ultimately advance my career into intercollegiate athletics.”