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Sports Mascots

In the sports world, a mascot is a person, animal, or object that serves as a symbol of an athletic team. Schools at all levels, from elementary schools to universities, assign mascots and nicknames to their athletic teams. A mascot is important to a school because fans and supporters of a school's athletic teams often identify with the school's mascot or nickname. Mascots often arouse emotion among current and former students, as well as other supporters of a school's teams. Schools and colleges have a large variety of mascots and nicknames, including colors, animals, people, and other objects. Some mascots are representative of a school's town or state. Others were voted on by the student body. Some mascots and nicknames have been deemed offensive ...

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