Old Dominion University mascot wins national award

The U.S. Department of Labor recently projected that in the coming decade, 90 percent of new high-growth, high-wage jobs will require some postsecondary education. Since many high school students will attend college, they may want to consider enrolling at an institution that offers fun, school spirit-related activities.

For example, Old Dominion University (ODU) and its students are very supportive of their sports teams' mascot, which is a lion named Big Blue. In fact, the animal received more than 2 million votes to win the Capital One Mascot of the Year competition.

In order to win the contest, Big Blue had to beat out 15 other mascots from across the country, including some from nationally recognized schools such as UCLA. In an effort to show his appreciation, Big Blue held an ice cream and cake social as well as a pep rally.

The event featured dessert and a performance of "Ice Cream and Cake," which is the Buckwheat Boyz song that ODU fans have made into a dance routine, which they perform during home basketball games.

Big Blue was rewarded with a $20,000 check for ODU's mascot program during the Capital One Bowl.

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