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Mascot Games: Mascots Leave Mark on Central Florida for 25th Year

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – On the 25th Anniversary of an event that was started in Orlando’s old Amway Center, this year’s version of the Mascot Games did not disappoint. The two-day event that went on June 22-23, 2018 allowed Mascots from all over the sports world to come to Orlando to show off their skills in a elementary school style set of games.

But most importantly, the event raised money for the New Hope for Kids. The organization gives support to children and their families who have experienced death and they also grant wishes to children in the Central Florida community who have a life-threating illness.

The mascots, led by Orlando Magic’s Stuff, dazzled the fans over two days. His Green Team, which he was the captain of, won the games on Friday afternoon. His team included Lil’ Red (Nebraska Cornhuskers), Louie (St. Louis Blues-NHL), Shades (Orlando Solar Bears-ECHL), Sir CC (Cleveland Cavaliers-NBA) and Stanley C. Panther (Florida Panthers-NHL).

In Saturday’s games, the Red Team, which included Sabastian the Ibis (University of Miami), Goalazo (Miami FC-MLS), NJ Devil (New Jersey Devils-NHL), Burnie (Miami Heat-NBA), Rangers Captain (Texas Rangers-MLB) and Tommy Hawk (Chicago Blackhawks-NHL), took home the trophy.

The Mascots spent a day with the children at the hospital and showed why they’re some of the best in the business–by interacting with them and bringing their ways of making fans happy–on Wednesday.

Scottie B (former Magic In-Game Host and current DJ at Orlando’s Blue Martini) and Jamia (current In-Game Host for both the Orlando Magic and Orlando Solar Bears) kept the crowd overexcited and the Monsters in the Morning (Orlando’s 104.1 FM) show hosts were the coaches for all 4 teams.

The rest of the Mascots included Fin the Whale (Vancouver Canucks-NHL), Jaxson De Ville (Jacksonville Jaguars-NFL), Captain Fear (Tampa Bay Buccaneers-NFL), Frankin the Dog (Philadelphia 76ers-NBA), Kingston (Orlando City-MLS), Champ (Dallas Mavericks-NBA), Knightro (University of Central Florida), Rocky the Bull (University of South Florida), Thunderbug (Tampa Bay Lighting-NHL) Coyote (San Antonio Spurs-NBA), Howler (Arizona Coyotes-NHL) and Sluggerrr (Kansas City Royals-MLB).

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Danny Thompson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | info@floridanationalnews.com

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