By Abigail Davidson
The Lehi High School’s sports marketing team continues its tradition of giving back to the community by hosting the 12th annual Mascot Bowl Monday, Sept. 28. The event begins at 5 p.m. at Lehi High School and consists of many activities, including a football game that pits mascots from across the country competing head-to-head against Lehi’s eighth-grade football team.
Participating mascots include Bear and Lil’ Bear of the Utah Jazz, Rocky (Denver Nuggets), Burnie (Miami Heat), Miles (Denver Broncos), Freddie (Atlanta Falcons), Rowdy (Dallas Cowboys), Rampage (St. Louis Rams), Grizzbee (Utah Grizzlies), Bumble (Salt Lake Bees), Swoop (University of Utah), Cosmo (BYU), Big Blue (Utah State) and Waldo (Weber State).
In addition to the fun-filled football game, the evening will include performances by the America First Jazz dancers, the Utah Jazz Stunt team, the Utah Jazz Dunk team, and a special halftime show by country star Charley Jenkins. There will be food, prizes, giveaways, contests, fireworks, and fun activities for the entire family.
The event also includes a challenge to the folks at ESPN Sport Science regarding a contested record-setting catching of a football thrown from a crane (see Lehi sports marketing video below).
All proceeds from the Mascot Bowl benefit the “Bear Hugs for Kids” charity, which gives local children in the community a holiday shopping spree at the end of the year. “Bear Hugs for Kids”, a charity sponsored by the Utah Jazz, has provided holiday season gifts to thousands of underprivileged children for the past 20 years.
The Lehi High sports marketing team has been working with the “Bear Hugs for Kids” charity for more than a decade planning not only the Mascot Bowl but also a Jazz Bear Shopping Day which takes place in mid-December, as student volunteers accompany underprivileged children on their holiday shopping spree.
The day is a great experience for both the children and the volunteers as many seasonal wishes are granted. The sports marketing team invites all students and members of the community to come out and support these events. Bring the entire family this Monday for a night of food, music, and football. A video of last year’s event is also attached.
Tickets are $3 per person (children two and under are free) and can be purchased at the gate on the evening of the event. Lehi High School is located at 180 North 500 East in Lehi, just west of Interstate 15.