The 2019 edition of SUNY Mascot Madness started with 34 mascots from across New York State in the running to win the coveted title of New York’s favorite college mascot. Through the first 4 rounds, we’ve seen endless love and support come in for each mascot over the past few weeks. Voting has been very close in each round, with support across every social media platform contributing to the lead changing hands several times to find a conclusive winner. And so, after four, tense rounds of voting, it all boils down to our two finalists: Rip Van Winkle and Walter T. Wildcat.
Round 4 closed at 3:00pm on Friday and the results became official after careful review and counting all the bonus social media votes. This still appears to be a year of the underdog, as we see two new finalists competing for the championship this year.
How did we get here? Let’s take a look back through the tournament to recap.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute‘s Walter the Wildcat faces Columbia Greene Community College‘s Rip Van Winkle in the championship round, but only one can emerge a winner. We need you to root for your favorite SUNY mascot and help your chosen one be crowned a champion. You know the drill by now – all you have to do is cast your vote!
* Voting for the 2019 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.
In this round, we have an extra bit of excitement, as social media voting among the 4 games remaining will take place. Each game will have an official tweet and Instagram pushed out @SUNY. For each tweet, followers will be given the option to like for one competitor and retweet for the other. Each selection will bring an extra vote to the corresponding competitor. On Instagram, each competitor will have an individual post sent out from @SUNY with some element of their interview included. For each like the post receives, an extra vote will be given.
In terms of statewide athletics, SUNY collectively has more than 760 athletic teams among the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division III, and NJCAA ranks, as well as hundreds of non-competitive athletics clubs. Whether you are interested in playing or spectating, each SUNY school provides plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved and be part of amplifying the college spirit in New York State.
All year round, SUNY’s mascots work tirelessly in cheering on their campus athletic teams, interacting with the students and adding to the fans spirits before games. Now it’s your turn to pay it forward. As we get closer to the finals and eagerly anticipate the results of each week, be sure to cast your vote!
Taras Kufel is the Manager of Digital Engagement at the State University of New York.