ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Missouri Baptist University Department of Athletics announced on Thursday it will hold a contest to re-name the Spartan mascot. The contest will be in-conjunction with Homecoming week activities, culminating in the announcement of the name on Thursday, Nov. 8 and the reveal of a brand new mascot costume.
The contest officially begins Thursday, allowing students to submit names directly to the Department of Athletics via email, Twitter or Facebook. The nomination process will end on Wednesday, Oct. 31 when a select group of campus staff and administration will narrow the group down to the top five.
“We are especially excited to have a new mascot costume to go along with this branding effort,” said Brad Cygan, Sports Information Director. “We felt it was time to refresh our look and have a real mascot that will have a definitively increased presence at our games and around campus.”
On Thursday, Nov. 1, the final five names will be released on mbuspartans.com and fans can vote for their favorite. Voting will conclude on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 5:00 p.m. CST with the winner announced on Thursday, Nov. 8.
“Our MBU community will have the opportunity to make a big contribution to Missouri Baptist Athletics for years to come,” said Cygan. “We wanted to provide our fans an opportunity to have a direct impact in this process, so we expect students to have fun with this contest.”
The individual who submits the winning name will receive a $200 cash prize and a $50 gift card to “The Perk” located on-campus at MBU. “We want to give our fans a real incentive to come up with a winning name,” Cygan said. According to the Department of Athletics, only members of the MBU community (students, alumni, faculty and staff) are eligible for the prizes.
Submissions may be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, directly on the MBU Athletics Facebook page, or by tweeting the name using #MBUmascot.