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Avalanche Crowned Mascot Madness Champion for Second Consecutive Year

April 5, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Avalanche, Kutztown University's golden bear mascot, earned its second-consecutive Mascot Madness Championship this morning with a close victory over Rocky, mascot of Slippery Rock University.  Avalanche will be recognized by the State System of Higher Education Board of Governors on Wednesday, April 6, at 10 a.m. in room 113 of the East Wing of the Pennsylvania capitol building, Commonwealth Ave., Harrisburg, Pa. 

More than 8,900 votes were cast in the one-day championship round between 9 a.m. April 4 through 9 a.m. April 5.  Avalanche, who beat Rocky in 2015 by only 15 votes, won by less than one percent.   Avalanche beat Millersville's Skully in round one, West Chester's Rammy in the second round and Roongo of Bloomsburg University in round three last week.    Born on Blue Mountain in northern Berks County, Avalanche came to KU in October 2005.  He lives in the clock tower of Old Main and is a cheerology and bearobics major.  He is named in honor of the nickname of then Kutztown State College's sports teams from the mid-1930s to the early 1960s. In 1961, Golden Bears replaced Golden Avalanche as the nickname for Kutztown's sports teams, and Golden Bear mascots soon followed. Most recently, Goldie and Griz served as KU's Golden Bear mascots. With their "graduation," however, a new mascot was sought.

Avalanche was created by the Raymond Entertainment Group (REG), a company based out of Newark, DE, specializing in creating mascot characters. The CEO of REG is David Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic. His company has created mascots for the NCAA, University of Delaware, Lakewood BlueClaws, Cincinnati Reds, fellow Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference member Millersville University and many others.