The 5th annual Mascot Madness tournament is nearly complete. This year we had 38 mascots competing against one another to determine who New York’s favorite college mascot is in 2017. All participating mascots hwere randomly placed into four competition brackets, ranked by the number of athletic programs they each represent. Your votes helped to decide who advanced in each round to eventually get us to this point.
Now, we’ve reached the Finals! Through four rounds up to this point, we’ve seen tens of thousands of votes come through to fill out our bracket. There’s been upsets and surprises that got us to this championship match between defending champion Victor E. Knight of SUNY Geneseo and first time finalist Oakie the Acorn of SUNY ESF. Its sure to be a highly competitive championship match. But remember, only you can decide who the winner will be.
The Finals runs from April 3 at 12:00 to April 5 at 4:00.
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. At SUNY, there are opportunities for all who have a talent and passion for athletics at SUNY. And with the right work ethic in place, championships and accomplishments that bring athletes to the national stage can be achieved.
Our mascots work so hard cheering on all of our SUNY student athletes all year long. With this competition, we have our opportunity 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!
* Voting for the 2017 Mascot Madness tournament will be conducted with vote verification. Each voter will need to supply an email address with which they will be sent a confirmation email to submit their votes through. 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.
Taras Kufel is the Manager of Digital Engagement at the State University of New York.