Sammy the Bearkat is one of 13 mascots pulling for votes in the third annual 2014 State Farm Southland Conference Mascot Challenge.
Currently Sammy is sitting in third place behind Texas A&M – Corpus Christi’s Izzy the Islander and Stephen F. Austin State University’s Lumberjack.
Brian McColpin, SHSU assistant director for spirit programs, said this year is a “tie breaker,” between SHSU and SFA.
McColpin said the challenge brings the SHSU community into a national spotlight.
“[The mascot challenge] helps spread school spirit, alumni participation and community involvement,” McColpin said. “It also helps get Sam Houston State University out on a national level.”
Voting opened Sept. 20 with the winning mascot earning the title of “Southland Mascot of the Year,” as well as $5,000 for their respective spirit program. Sammy took the title in 2012 followed by SFA’s Lumberjack in 2013.
To vote, participants visit The Southland Conference’s Facebook page and click the mascot challenge tab. Fans can take pictures with their school’s mascot and will be featured on the Southland Conference’s Facebook gallery. One fan can also win a $500 Visa gift card, according to the Southland Conference.
Fans are able to vote once per day with voting closing Nov. 21. The contest is open to Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma residents who are 18 years or older.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/southlandconference.