WHITING, Ind. - The Saint Joseph's Hawk is one of 19 nominees for the National Mascot Hall of Fame, organization officials have announced. From October 6 until October 12, Saint Joseph's fans can vote daily for The Hawk to advance to the Final Ballot.
Final Ballot Voting will take place from October 20-26, with final election results announced at the Mascot HOF’s Fur Tie Annual Fundraiser event on December 11, 2019 at the Mascot Hall of Fame.
One of the most famous mascots in college sports, the Saint Joseph's Hawk has flapped its wings for 63 seasons. The Hawk is best known for staying in constant motion by flapping its wings throughout every basketball game and representing the Saint Joseph's motto, “The Hawk Will Never Die.” Jim Brennan originated the idea for a hawk as mascot during the 1954-55 season. Brennan, an ex-Marine and SJU cheerleader, at first wanted to secure an actual hawk, but later switched to the costume idea. The student government raised the 120 dollars needed to buy the initial costume, which Brennan donned for three years. He made his debut as the Hawk on December 3, 1955, a 84-72 win over Rhode Island at the Palestra. Since then, and including this season, a total of 37 SJU students, have donned the costume. The Hawk has not missed a men's basketball game since that first season.
The Hawk has garnered numerous accolades in its more than 60-year history. The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Street & Smith's Basketball Yearbook and ESPN College Basketball magazine have selected it as the nation's top mascot. Eastern Basketball tabbed The Hawk as the Atlantic 10 Conference's best mascot, while The Hawk won a "Best of Philly" award from Philadelphia Magazine in 2003-04. In 2014, The Hawk was named as the "Best College Basketball Tradition" by NCAA.com and was also previously nominated for induction into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2008. Additionally, The Hawk led Saint Joseph's University in setting a Guinness World Record for most people flapping for five minutes consecutively.
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