Men’s Health – the Ball’s in our Court.
Daniel Shinners, Co-Founder of the Support Brahs & longtime Mo Bro, shares his passion for men’s health and why he’s joined the Movement for Change.
lululemon is a proud Major Partner of Movember, a leading global charity committed to changing the face of men’s health.
We sat down with Daniel Shinners – longtime Mo Bro and Co-Founder of the Support Brahs - a community basketball team with a mission to create safe spaces for men to move, grow and connect. Since their inception in 2017, the Support Brahs have raised more than $70,000 for men’s health through fundraising for Movember. Daniel shares what inspired him to get involved with Movember and how he is supporting others in joining the Movement for Change.
lululemon: In your own words, who are the Support Brahs?
Daniel: The Support Brahs started as a social basketball team playing in the corporate games, which then led to competing in a weekly domestic competition. Men from all different walks of life joined the team – it didn’t matter your age, race, size or ability, as long as you were willing to show up and have a crack, everyone was welcome.
The Support Brahs quickly became much more than a basketball team – it was a safe space for people to move, grow and connect on a much deeper level. Driven by a shared passion for men’s health and wanting to give back to the community, we then focused our attention towards raising money for Movember. Selling merchandise, organising Brah-BQ's, hosting 3x3 basketball tournaments, all helped us raise incredible funds and awareness for men’s health, and since then we haven’t looked back.
"The Support Brahs quickly became much more than a basketball team – it was a safe space for people to move, grow and connect on a much deeper level. "
lululemon: What inspired you to get involved with Movember?
Daniel: I’ve had my own mental and physical health challenges and witnessed firsthand the impact men’s health has not just on men, but the broader community. As a son, brother, friend, husband and father – I’m passionate about creating change for men’s health and turning around some of the alarming statistics that we too often hear about.
lululemon: What does Movement for Change mean to you?
Daniel: I’ve always had a strong belief that movement is ultimately a gateway for connection. Playing basketball energises me and ripples into all aspects of my physical, mental and social wellbeing. For me, it’s a moving meditation and when I feel most connected to myself and to others when on the court.
Growing up, my dad and I always connected over sport. Even after a long day on the tools, he’d always make time to kick the footy or shoot some hoops. In our relationship, playing sport created an environment that allowed us to have open and honest conversations and be vulnerable with one another.
Knowing the impact sport has had on my wellbeing, I am passionate about creating safe spaces for more men to find that sense of belonging and opportunity to be vulnerable. Whether that’s on the court, at one of our Support Brahs events, or simply in conversation – Movement for Change to me is all about taking the opportunities to create a better future for men’s health.
"Growing up, my dad and I always connected over sport. Even after a long day on the tools, he’d always make time to kick the footy or shoot some hoops. In our relationship, playing sport created an environment that allowed us to have open and honest conversations and be vulnerable with one another. "
lululemon: As a long-time Mo Bro, how are you participating in Movember this year?
Daniel: This year, we’re putting men's health centre court and hosting the second annual Support Brahs’ 3x3 Streetball Tournament. The event will bring together athletes – both every day and professional – to shoot hoops in the name of wellbeing.
This year, you can join us in the Movement for Change.
Learn more about how you can contribute to this year’s campaign by visiting our Movember Hub.
The topics we are discussing may trigger feelings and thoughts that may or may not be expected. If you’re concerned about your mental health, or a mate’s mental health, Movember recommends encouraging them to see a doctor, or to call Lifeline on 13 11 14
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