If being an eight foot tall tiger wasn’t big enough, the history of the 106 year old mascot of Doane could seem even bigger.
Freshman Daniel Hogue said the goal of Mascot Club was to make games and events fun for everyone who attends. He said the Mascot Club promoted school spirit on Doane’s campus as well as the Crete community.
“My favorite thing to do when I’m the mascot is dance and get the crowd moving,” Hogue said.
Freshman Adam Kiehn said he liked to surprise the crowd.
“I like to take people’s water bottles and put them in Thomas’ mouth and then pretend like I’m drinking them,” he said. “Then I take the bottles and leave--it dumbfounds people because they’re like, ‘Hey, that was my drink.’”
Kiehn said he also liked the opportunities that came with being the mascot.
“Being Thomas really gives me a chance to goof off and not get looked at funny because I’m in a giant suit, and no one knows who I am,” he said. “I love that I can be myself without being judged.”
With homecoming weekend approaching, the Mascot Club will participate in the homecoming game, the pep rally and the parade.
“We are very active in all sports and activities,” sophomore Kaelli Hedgpeth said. “We do every football home game, as well as the Wesleyan, home volleyball, basketball and soccer games.”
Senior Courtney Hedgpeth leads the Mascot Club, and junior Kayla Ambrose holds the vice president position.
Students, faculty and staff who are willing to join the Mascot Club and participate in events can contact Courtney Hedgpeth or Ambrose.