July 11, 2000
SEATTLE - He might need to ask for directions to the barbershop.
Thalo Green has an appointment for a haircut tomorrow after avoiding the barber's shears for the last 16 months. The University of Washington senior, a forward on the Husky men's basketball team, will have his hair cut for the first time since March of 1999. Green plans to donate his hair to the Wigs for Kids organization.
Green's haircut is scheduled for Wednesday, July 12 at 1 p.m. Aaron Mahany will do the honors, cutting Green's hair at the Montlake Cut barbershop.
Wigs for Kids is a national, non-profit organization that solicits donations in an effort to provide relief for children in situations of hair loss. Hair donations are weaved into wigs and given to children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy, burns and other medical conditions.
His aunt's successful two-year battle with cancer, along with numerous visits to Children's Hospital in Seattle, prompted Green to grow his hair out and donate it to children dealing with hair loss.
"I'm in a position, playing basketball at Washington, to give exposure and promote the Wigs for Kids program," Green said. "I decided to grow my hair out throughout the whole season and try to raise awareness for the program. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something good for a good cause."
As a sophomore during the 1998-99 season, the 6-foot-7 Green sported an almost completely shaven scalp. Immediately after that season he had his hair cut. That was the most recent haircut for Green, whose hair has grown over 10 inches in the subsequent 16 months.
Green regularly drew taunts from spectators at opposing arenas during the Huskies' road trips last season. His curly, red hair frequently flopped into his eyes, requiring a headband to keep it contained.
Those inconveniences, Green explains, are insignificant compared to the struggles of individuals dealing with chemotherapy.
Green played in all 30 games last season for Washington, starting 16 of them. He led the team with 35 steals while averaging 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. The Huskies registered a 10-20 record in 1999-2000 against a schedule that was rated the nation's fourth most difficult. The UW finished eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 5-13 record.