We’ve finally reached the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the final countdown, or more accurately, the final round of Mascot Madness! Even if your favorite mascot didn’t make it to the finals, we still need your help to crown this year’s #1 SUNY mascot. This is a match-up for the ages – a high-performing former champion against an upstart newcomer from the SUNY community college ranks. So, we’re calling on you, students, alumni, faculty and staff, and community members to show some love for our SUNY mascots one last time.
Our two remaining mascots, Victor E. Knight and Rip Van Winkle, have put in tons of hours at the gym and on the fields and courts to make it this far in the competition, and they don’t want to go home empty-handed.
We started with 36 mascots from across our campuses who put their all into to win the coveted title, including some first-time participants. All mascots were randomly placed into four SUNY regions and ranked by the number of athletic teams each mascot represents, which determined who would compete against each other in each round. Now, it’s come down to the finals, and Victor E. Knight and Rip Van Winkle are here to battle for the championship.
As in the Final Four, the championship match will give you a chance to vote via social media. The SUNY twitter account will release a tweet for the championship game asking for users to either retweet or favorite their preferred mascot. These selections will be compiled into the vote totals with each engagement being worth 1/2 vote in the grand totals.
Who will take home the coveted honor of #1 mascot? That’s for you to decide!
Who will be declared #SUNY #MascotMadness champion in 2018? Bonus points available here:
RT to support Victor E. Knight from @SUNYGeneseo
LIKE to support Rip Van Winkle from @SUNY_cgcc pic.twitter.com/NYz3bLFhrQ
— SUNY (@SUNY) April 2, 2018
In terms of statewide athletics, SUNY collectively has more than 750 athletic teams among the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division III, and NJCAA ranks, as well as hundreds of non-competitive athletics clubs. At SUNY, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved for those who are passionate about athletics, whether it’s playing or spectating. These competitive students can be, and are, part of a group that brings championships and accomplishments home to New York State.
Our mascots work so hard cheering on all of our SUNY student-athletes and pumping up the crowds all year long. With this competition, we have the opportunity to cheer them on and recognize them for all the hard work they put in to raise our campuses and students across New York State and beyond. So show them some love, and let your voice be heard!
* Voting for the 2018 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 24 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.
Julie is a Communications Assistant at SUNY System Administration.