Two of the NUFC good guys came together yesterday in support of a great cause.
Steve Harper and some of his friends created a range of boxer shorts last year under the name ‘Oddballs’, at the time pledging to donate 10% of the sale price to testicular cancer charities.
Yesterday Harper met up with Jonas Gutierrez as a cheque for £2,500 was handed over to the ‘Ballboys’ charity.
Jonas Gutierrez’ journey back to the Premier League, after successfully overcoming testicular cancer, has been the toughest fight of his career and former colleague turned businessman Steve Harper wanted to recognise this and add his own support to the ongoing plight of so many men across the country.
Newcastle United’s former goalkeeper teamed up with a number of friends last year to launch a range of unique boxer shorts under the brand name Oddballs.
Oddballs boxers are not only an on-trend addition to the male underwear market, but 10 per cent of the sale price of every pair is donated to testicular cancer charities.
Speaking about the gesture Steve Harper said
“This cheque presentation today to the Ballboys charity will be the first of many and is our way of supporting Jonas, Ballboys and many men across the country in their fight against testicular cancer.
“We launched Oddballs last year and we have had support across the length and breadth of the country.”
Fellow Oddballs Director and former Scottish rugby union international Richard Metcalfe talked about the origins of the brand and the link with testicular cancer.
“We wanted to do something to raise awareness of testicular cancer and we came up with a whole host of ideas, but boxer shorts were far and away the best.”
And Jonas added: “It’s a really fantastic gesture from Steve and his colleagues at Oddballs to join the fight against testicular cancer. I am truly humbled by their support.”
The shorts are available in a range of sizes and, along with plain colours, shoppers can choose from a variety of designs, including Pucci-inspired psychedelic patterns and animal motifs.
Speaking of the link with Ballboys, Rosie Colfer, Director of Operations, commented “We are delighted that Oddballs have chosen to partner with Ballboys in the fight against testicular cancer as it is a perfect link with our aim of raising awareness of through links to ball sports. The support of Oddballs will educate men across the country as the brand grows in profile”
“In the short time we’ve been operating, the demand has been phenomenal,” said Richard, managing director at Oddballs.
“We carried out extensive product testing before bringing the shorts to market and everyone says they are the most comfortable boxers they’ve ever worn.”
The shorts – whose slogan is `everything else is just pants’ – have so far received endorsements from a range of sporting stars including Sir Ian Botham, the England Rugby Union Team and Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer.
“These really are Premier League shorts,” said Steve, Newcastle United’s longest serving player. “They’re great to wear and they look good –shorts for superheroes.”
For further information on Oddballs boxer shorts, visit www.myoddballs.com
Pictured are Steve, Jonas and Rosie Colfer (**Picture courtesy of NCJ Media)