Life as a Mascot This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

     Picture this: you are in the stands at a basketball game. The score is 63-65, the fans are screaming, the air is thick, and the opposing team shoots for a three-pointer. Almost everything becomes silent. Popping up among the fans and cheerleaders is a crazy dark-haired kid wearing a jersey and short shorts screaming at the top of his lungs to pump up the crowd!

What I just described is my job. Mascots are the unsung heroes of sports, ridiculed both by fans and students. These elite few risk their bodies, voices, even their dignity, to jazz up the crowd. This job can be dangerous and stressful since rowdy fans have attacked mascots in frustration.

Being a mascot, however, can earn you a letter in high school and even an athletic scholarship since most colleges have mascots. Usually mascots do the same thing at all levels: get the crowd into the game, and entertain fans.

Mascots should be respected, and acknowledged in the media. Also, they deserve more funding for training. If the media had more coverage of mascots, they would earn more respect and it would be nice to have our job be recognized.

Unfortunately, some colleges have been forced to cut their mascot programs while cheerleaders remain intact. Some say cheerleaders are enough to pump up the crowd but they aren’t as comical and that takes away from the experience. Mascots dissipate tension.

People may think mascots are useless and a waste of money but they don’t understand that not only do the fans benefit, but mascots love doing their job. I hope this piece helps mascots earn the funding and respect they deserve.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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handy mandy said...
Jun. 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm
I am just starting as a mascot at my high school and its my senior year :) Do you have any tips or ideas of stuff i could do to entertain the fans ???
elithegoldeneagle said...
Mar. 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

i totally agree! mascots are underappreciated. but its totally worth it in the end. :) 

check out my blog post about why i love being the mascot at my university!

ChilliDJr. said...
Apr. 4, 2011 at 10:11 am
I completly agree with this eassy because i to am a mascot for the odessa jackalopes hockey team.. in a suit the job can be very physically demanding. your life as a mascot can be very fun especially when the team your for is winning. in hockey there are many times during a game things can get you have to be there to keep the crowd going nd colleges who rid there schools of mascots are simply insane. also yes we do need more coverage in the media. and if you ever need a new suit or ... (more »)
ldkfhsdfsrgjkdfgs said...
Mar. 15, 2011 at 10:04 am
you had good vocab
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