Contact: Brittney Dabney, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
He’s been around for a while, but during pre-game festivities at Tuskegee University’s homecoming game on Saturday, Nov. 9, the Golden Tiger mascot finally received a name.
So now, instead of “hey, you” and “hey, Mr. Tiger,” Tuskegee fans can get the attention of their favorite mascot by cheering his new name — Parlay the Golden Tiger.
The name draws inspiration from the Marching Crimson Pipers’ popular “Ball and Parlay” spirit song — a fan favorite at sporting events and band performances alike. The song’s popularity has found its way to T-shirts and other apparel, and the tune has been one widely adopted by high school marching bands throughout the region.
“Parlay” is the result of a “Name Our Tiger” mascot-naming campaign launched in late September by the university’s Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing. The campaign included a one-week period during which the office received nearly 400 name suggestions.
After a committee of student leaders and university representatives narrowed down those suggestions, fans then returned online to cast their votes for their favorite name. In all, more than 3,000 votes were cast by alumni, students, parents and fans.
The mascot is part of the university’s cheerleading squad, and try-outs held at the start of every academic year are open to both male and female students. While Tuskegee’s mascot now has a name, the identity of the student under the costume remains a secret during the time he or she serves as the university’s chief spirit officer.
“Being the mascot means more than just putting on a suit,” this year’s Parlay the Golden Tiger said. “It’s about embracing my passion for the university, putting smiles on the faces of students and fans alike, and most of all, sharing that positive energy with the crowd.”
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