Your favorite mascot, S.J. Sharkie, racked up the frequent flier miles from August 14-16 by jetting across the country to serve as a featured announcer at the 2006 Mascot Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Philadelphia.
The mission of the Mascot Hall of Fame is to honor great mascot performers, performances and programs that have inspired tradition and positively affected their communities. Mascots and mascot performers will be elected to the Mascot Hall of Fame annually and inducted in a celebratory event.
To be eligible for nomination, a character must have been in existence for at least 10 years. During that time, the character must have had, or continues to have, a major impact on their sport and/or community. Eligible characters include those who perform at live sporting events as a primary function of their existence at both the professional and collegiate level. Eligible characters should be inspiring and their performances would be considered memorable or ground-breaking.
Sharkie remains confident in his chances next year.
"It was quite an honor to represent the Sharks at the induction on Tuesday," said Sharkie. "As the first member of an NHL franchise to be invited to participate, I have to admit, it makes me think that next year is my year."
This year marks the second induction ceremony in the newly formed Hall with the inductees including: Professional Category:
Clutch the Bear from the Houston Rockets, NBA
KC Wolf from the Kansas City Chiefs, NFL
Jazz Bear from the Utah Jazz, NBA College Category:
Aubie from Auburn University
YoUDee from the University of Delaware
Bucky from the University of Wisconsin
The inaugural class of the MHOF consisted of The Famous Chicken, The Phoenix Suns Gorilla and the Phillie Phanatic.
"Having been friends with the three inductees since my first year of life, it was touching to see them get their place in the Hall," said Sharkie. "I can't wait to see if they still accept my e-mails now that they are celebrities."
ESPN covered the ceremony for the second year in a row while Sharkie participated in numerous events to promote the MHOF around the Philly area.
Sharkie’s whirlwind trip included a red-eye flight from San Jose on Sunday, PR events and rehearsal on Monday followed by Tuesday’s parade and induction ceremony. Due to prior commitments with the Mobile Shark Tank on Wednesday morning, his sightseeing in the City of Brotherly Love and cheesesteak habit was curtailed by his quick return flight on Tuesday evening.
Sharks fans can let the hall know to include Sharkie for next year’s ballot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or visiting www.mascothalloffame.com