Victory for Rocky launches him into national competition

January 8, 2013 | News, UToday
By Samantha Watson

Rocky Rocket

With the help of his loyal fans and the power of social media, Rocky Rocket won first place in a write-in vote that landed him a spot in the 2013 Capital One Mascot Challenge.

“When I found out I won, I was so excited to tell everyone,” Rocky said. “I can’t wait to compete against other great mascots, and I hope to make my Rocket fans proud.”

During the 2013 football season, Rocky will compete each week against 15 other NCAA school mascots. At the end of the season, the mascot with the most weekly wins becomes the Capital One National Mascot of the Year.

The winner will receive $20,000 toward the school’s mascot program, not to mention bragging rights. Of the 10 previous winners, two of them also call Ohio home: the University of Cincinnati’s Bearcat and the University of Akron’s Zippy.

For the past 15 weeks, Rocky has been in the Capital One Mascot Challenge’s write-in vote, where fans could vote to put their school mascot in this year’s competition. Rocky received enough votes to put him at the top of a list that included mascots such as Brutus from Ohio State University.

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