How mascots Rudy and Ramona play big part in campus pride
Likely, students who attend athletic events and school pep rallies will often remember the dance that the drill team performed during halftime, or the catchy tunes that the band played. However, some often forget how mascots also serve as an important part of school spirit. It is a mascot’s true devotion to encouraging good sportsmanship that helps generate student involvement. For Cy Springs, mascots Rudy and Ramona never fail to do exactly that.
“Mascots are important because they contribute to the atmosphere at school events, " said Jasmine Miranda, a four-year member of the Panther band said. “The mascots are different because they can interact with the audience. They also always never fail to radiate positivity.”
At sports games and community pep rallies, students and families who’ve gathered usually find themselves having a fun time playing along with the mascots. Mascots encourage people of all ages alike to enjoy a school event.
“A girl in my class loves Ramona (and) anytime she sees Ramona she runs up to her, gives her a hug and plays around with her,” Janealle Hogan, who plays mascot Ramona, said. “There’s just something about a furry friend that makes a person smile.”
Mascots Rudy and Ramona are a big addition to school activities and have a memorable part in Cy Springs history. The mascots were not given their names at random but to honor some of the first athletic coaches when the school opened. Mascot Rudy was named after the first ever football coach, who had a fatal heart attack before coaching his first game. Mascot Ramona takes after the first head coach of the cheerleading team.
“Over the past 40 years mascots as costume characters and not live animals have evolved into an integral part of the live sporting experience,” Robert Boudwin, the current marketing director at University of Houston and formerly Rockets mascot, Clutch the Bear, said. “They offer entertainment and direct fan engagement that few other in game assets can provide.”
Rudy and Ramona have contributed in building a positive school image and will continue to do so for many years ahead.
“We don’t take credit publicly, but we love what we do,” Hogan said. “Our students love our mascots and our mascots love our students.”
By Yulissa Martinez