Update: Burnie out, Billy in Mascot Games for Central Florida’s New Hope for Kids

07/23/2014 2:19 AM

07/23/2014 2:48 AM

New Hope for Kids announced an update to the mascots who will compete in the 21st annual Mascot Games at 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 25 and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at the Amway Center in Orlando.

Participating mascots include Sebastian the Ibis from the University of Miami, Stuff the Magic Dragon from the Orlando Magic, Albert and Alberta from the University of Florida, Lil Red from the University of Nebraska and Billy the Marlin from the Miami Marlins.

Billy replaces Burnie the Miami Heat mascot, who is still recovering from the news of LeBron James leaving Miami for Cleveland.

The Mascot Games feature mascots from sports teams across the country competing in a variety of games. Fans of all ages will enjoy thrilling and pulse-pounding competition, as mascots from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA battle through gladiator-themed games to determine the true champions of the mascot world.

All proceeds from the Mascot Games benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one, and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida.

Tickets are on sale now.

General admission tickets start at $12 and can be purchased through amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.

On Saturday only, all-access tickets – which include a Mascot meet and greet and reserved seating – are available for $25, and reserved seating is available for $20. Group seating for Summer Camps is available by downloading a form from the Mascot Games website at www.mascotgames.org under the “Summer Camps” tab.

Since 1996, New Hope for Kids has been helping Central Florida children in need. It brings hope, healing and happiness to children and families suffering from grief, loss or life-threatening illnesses. Find out about New Hope for Kids by visiting www.newhopeforkids.org.

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