Storey donates hair to Locks of Love prior to graduation

Release Date: April 28, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Danny Storey made a name for himself on the basketball court this season. A starting post player for the Wayland Baptist University men’s basketball team, Storey, a senior from Canyon, gave opponents all they could handle, averaging 14.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Storey led the Sooner Athletic Conference and was fourth in the nation in rebounds. He was also named SAC Defensive Player of the Year. He also entered the Wayland record books as the all-time leading rebounder and one of only two players to complete their career with more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

There was another side to Storey, however. While performing day in and day out on the court, his hairstyle of choice was the source of much good-natured ridicule. Whether it was the Dean of Students constantly reminding him he needed a haircut each time he was introduced in the starting lineup before a game, or teammates and friends rolling their eyes at the wavy tail perched precariously on the back of his head, Storey took it all in stride with a smile on his face.

But with the long-awaited graduation day just a week away, Storey’s hair story reached its climax. Last Friday, eight days before graduating from Wayland with a degree in business administration, Storey decided it was time to cut his hair. Following in the footsteps of former Wayland teammate Kendall Webb, Storey decided to donate his hair to Locks of Love.

“I talked to Kendall last year when he did his, and it kind of inspired me to do the same,” Storey said.

Locks of Love is a charity that provides hairpieces for disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. According to its Web site, most of the children helped suffer from alopecia areata, a condition that has no known cause or cure. Many of the children helped also suffer from cancer and have lost their hair due to treatment of the disease.

Storey’s grandmother suffered from cancer and he remembers when she lost her hair due to chemotherapy. Storey said he was 10 or 11 at the time.

“My grandmother had really curly hair,” he said. “She had the grandma poof. When she lost all that, she had a wig, but it wasn’t the same. When her hair grew back, the poof was never the same.”

Kim McClendon at Kindred Spirits beauty shop cut Storey’s hair. McClendon offers free haircuts to those wishing to donate their hair. She regularly donates her own hair to Locks of Love.

When McClendon was finished, it took Storey a moment to assess the situation.

“I feel naked,” he said. “It’s fun, though. I just feel weird.”

On Saturday afternoon, Storey will join his other 126 classmates for graduation ceremonies held in Hutcherson Center. Fittingly enough, the ceremony will take place on the same gymnasium floor where Storey made his name as a basketball player. This day, however, Storey will trade in his shorts, basketball shoes and pony tail for a cap, gown and closely cropped hairdo. But he will still flash his trademark smile as he crosses the lane under the basketball goal one last time. This time, however, he’ll grab more than a rebound; he’ll grab his diploma.