It’s back! The competition to find New York’s favorite college mascot is back for its fourth year. Mascot Madness. This is the chance for YOU, the students, alumni, and fans to decide who SUNY’s favorite campus mascot is! We have a total of 39 mascots from across New York State in the running to win the coveted title, including some first time participants. All mascots have been randomly placed into 4 SUNY regions and ranked by the number of athletic teams each mascot represents, which will determine which mascots are competing against each other in each round.
Last year, Baxter Bearcat from Binghamton University made history by claiming his second in back-to-back championships. The championship saw a tightly contested battle with Red Dragon from SUNY Oneonta. But students, alumni, and community members spoke up to declare a winner. This year, will a new champion be crowned? Or can Baxter make a push for THREE in a row?
In athletics statewide, SUNY has more than 85 NCAA Division I, 290 NCAA Division III, and 385 NJCAA athletic teams, as well as hundreds of non-competitive athletics clubs. With championships in numerous sports along with athletic achievements that bring athletes to the national stage, it’s evident that their are opportunities for all who have a talent and passion for athletics in their blood.
Our mascots work so hard cheering on all of these SUNY student athletes. Now it’s our turn to cheer them on and recognize them for all the hard work they do to lift our campuses and students across New York State and beyond. So let them know, and let the games begin!
* Voting for the 2016 Mascot Madness tournament will be conducted with additional verification. Each voter will need to supply an email address with which they will be sent a confirmation email to submit their votes. This will allow the voting to be reviewed for consistency in a direct way. All votes will be limited to one per 12 hours, after which a user can resubmit a new vote in the same game again. Email addresses will not be used for marketing or addition to any mailing lists, but simply for voter verification. All addresses will be deleted at the conclusion of the tournament.
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