Posted 10:35 AM 9/6/2012 : Vote for 'Wilma T. Wildcat' for mascot of the year
TUCSON - The University of Arizona's 'Wilma the Wildcat' has been chosen as one of the mascots to be on the 11th Annual Capital One All-America Mascot Team.
Wilma is making history by being one of two female mascots to join the competition for the first time in the eleven years the challenge has existed. The other is 'Ms. Wuf' of North Carolina State University. Wilma is also joined by 15 other mascots that will go head-to-head throughout the college football season in mascot matchups determined exclusively by fan voting. When the dust settles, Wilma hopes to be the first ever female mascot named the Capital One National Mascot of the Year at the 2013 Capital One Bowl.
Members of the 2012 Capital One All-America Mascot Team, as nominated by their schools and selected by a panel of judges from Capital One and the mascot community, are:
'Wilma T. Wildcat' of the University of Arizona
'Sparty' of Michigan State University
'Cosmo' of Brigham Young University
'Mike the Tiger' of Louisiana State University
'Testudo' of the University of Maryland
'Wolfie Jr.' of the University of Nevada
'YoUDee' of the University of Delaware
'Cam the Ram' of Colorado State
'Truman the Tiger' of the University of Missouri
'Bucky Badger' of the University of Wisconsin
'Ms. Wuf' of North Carolina State University
'The Duck' of The University of Oregon
'Scarlet Knight' of Rutgers University
'Cocky' of the University of South Carolina
'Sebastian the Ibis' of the University of Miami
'Raider Red' of Texas Tech University
For the first time, fans will be able to vote for their favorite mascots via Twitter. Regular season voting has begun and continues weekly through November 26th. The top eight mascots with the best head-to-head records will then compete in a bracket-style, single-elimination competition to determine the overall winner.
Arizona Athletics is asking you to support Wilma T. Wildcat. Fans can vote via:
1. Twitter: Create a tweet with the hashtag #CapitalOneWilma (one vote per account allowed every day)
2. Facebook: facebook.com/capitalonemascotchallenge (one vote per account allowed every day)
3. Website: www.CapitalOneBowl.com (unlimited voting allowed)
The Capital One National Mascot of the Year will be announced at the Capital One Bowl on January 1, 2013 and will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to help fund its school's mascot program. Each of the 2012 Capital One All-America team members will also receive $5,000 for their university mascot program. Should Wilma win the contest, the monies donated to the program will benefit the Wilbur T. and Wilma T. Mascot Endowment that was started years ago by an alumni Wilbur.
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