YoUDee mascot to compete for funding, recognition
Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 02:09
The university’s blue hen and University of Miami’s ibis go head-to-head this week in the 2012 Capital One Mascot Challenge. YoUDee faces Sebastian after beating Brigham Young University’s Cosmo in the second round of competition.
University Mascot Program Manager Sharon Harris stated in an email message that it is an honor for the university to be nominated to participate. She said she thinks the competition will do wonders for the university’s athletic support and recognition.
“Just to be selected as part of the team for the Capital One Mascot Challenge is an awesome achievement, receiving national recognition for UD and our program,” Harris said. “Our goal is that we continue to receive national recognition and to try and be the one of the best programs in the country.”
According to Harris, YoUDee will challenge a different Capital One mascot each week, so it is important that the university community, sports fans and students show the hen their support by spreading the word and voting both online and through Twitter.
Harris said that the next step for YoUDee is winning the national competition at the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1 in Orlando, FL.
According to the Capital One website, the winner will receive a $20,000 scholarship geared towards funding the school’s mascot program. The remaining Capital One All-American team members will each receive $5,000. Additionally, YoUDee will be seen on Capital One commercials each week that will air on national television stations throughout the collegiate football season, according to Harris.
Junior Jesse Newby said he thinks YoUDee will do well in the competition because he is a distinct mascot.
“He creates a very recognizable icon for the school, and makes a bold statement too,” Newby said.
Harris said that YoUDee differs from other college mascots because of his “friendly, non-aggressive look.” She also said he brings excitement and spirit to the university.
“One of the main rules instilled in our student performers is that our mascots are fun-loving and that they come across as always family-oriented, and our antics are always tasteful,” Harris said. “YoUDee also is known for its constant motion and never sitting still adds so much life to the character.”