The 22nd Mascot Games, presented by Wawa, is returning to the Amway Center in June for two entertaining shows – 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 19 and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20 – in Orlando.
Hosted by New Hope for Kids, the Mascot Games features mascots from pro and college sports teams, participating in fun, team competitions. This year’s event will be presented by Wawa, the prominent convenience retail store chain with 56 locations in Central Florida, and Fin the Whale of the NHL Vancouver Canucks will once again be there.
“The Mascot Games, presented by Wawa, truly is one of Central Florida’s most unique and entertaining family events and annually raises valuable profile and funds for New Hope for Kids,” said David Joswick, Executive Director of New Hope for Kids. “We could not have such a tremendous impact without our sponsors, and we would like to sincerely thank Wawa for their presenting sponsorship this year.”
All proceeds from the Mascot Games, presented by Wawa, benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one and also grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida.
“Community events like the Mascot Games are a true asset for the City Beautiful,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We are proud to partner with outstanding local organizations, such as New Hope for Kids, to bring the community to the Amway Center to raise money for a worthy cause.”
Wawa has been involved with the Mascot Games since Wawa opened its first store in Orlando. When offered the opportunity to be the presenting sponsor, Wawa jumped at the chance to support this great event for a great cause.
Twenty three of the best and most popular mascots from across North America will join the NBA Orlando Magic’s Stuff the Magic Dragon, the event’s host mascot, for the annual competition. Mascots from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA will be divided into four teams as they compete against each other in wild and zany games to determine the true champions of the mascot world.
Last year on day one of the Games, Stuff captained the winning OUC (The Reliable One) Green Team which also featured fan favorite Lil Red from the University of Nebraska, D. Baxter the Bobcat of the MLB Arizona Diamondbacks, Moondog of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, and N.J. Devil of the NHL New Jersey Devils.
On day two, the Florida Hospital for Children Blue Team was victorious with Billy the Marlin (Miami Marlins), Alberta (University of Florida), Ace (Toronto Blue Jays), Slamson the Lion (Sacramento Kings) and team captain Fin the Whale (Vancouver Canucks).
Mascots don’t talk, but they sure can dance and write.
Fin wrote: “I am ready :-) to defend the Blue Team's title and support a great cause like New Hope For Kids at my 12th Celebrity Mascot Games.”
Bonus Email Q&A with Fin the Whale of the NHL Vancouver Canucks
How many miles is it for Fin to travel to Orlando and how long does it take?
Fin: “Whale, if I go the conventional way, I would need to swim, but I find the Panama Canal a bit tricky and to go all the way around South America, I would have no energy for the Games. So I fly which is about 2,635 miles -- or for this Canadian orca – 4240 km. With connections and a three-hour time difference, it takes ALL day. Leave Vancouver at 8 a.m. and arrive in Orlando at 9 p.m., so approximately 10 hours!”
Fin: “I do like my Air Canada”
How does Fin train for the Mascot Games?
Fin: “I do like to prepare a little – lots of pushups to get my fins big and strong, but I find that if I get the right amount of salmon in my diet and good sleep, it really makes a difference in my performance. I do consult with our team strength & conditioning coach [Roger Takahashi] who gives me some tips, but if I told you, then I would have to eat you.”
What other mascots does Fin eye as top competition at the Mascot Games and why?
Fin: “Well, every year there are new characters, but of course there are the main ones. Stuff, of course, is always a formidable opponent, and he has access to all his props which gives him an edge. Sebastian the Ibis -- although I jokingly call him a flamingo -- from the U is always good, too. Of course, any NHL mascot is always going to show up and give you a game, because we are the COOLEST mascots.”
Who are Fin's top mascot friends?
Fin: “Sebastian and I have bonded over the years. This is my 12th Games, and I have gotten to know many mascots, and they are all pretty cool characters.”
Does Fin have a mascot rival?
Fin: “Hmmm, not really. Although some might perceive me as a rival with being the DEFENDING CHAMPION BLUE TEAM.”
Another NHL mascot or other?
Fin: “The NHL guys are pretty tight. Although we do like to push each other and always try to show each other up. In the end, we are here to entertain the crowd for a great cause in New Hope for Kids.”
Fin-a-Mania will be running wild at the Mascot Games, benefiting New Hope for Kids.
Just check out his main Twitter photo, and you’ll know why it’s Fin-a-Mania.
Facebook Fin Orca
Participating Mascot Games mascots:
• Albert & Alberta – University of Florida
• Bango – Milwaukee Bucks
• Billy the Marlin – Miami Marlins
• Captain Fear – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• Carlton – Toronto Maple Leafs
• Champ – Dallas Mavericks
• Fin the Whale – Vancouver Canucks
• Harry the Hawk – Atlanta Hawks
• Kingston – Orland City Soccer Club
• Knightro – UCF
• Lil’ Red – University of Nebraska
• Louie – St. Louis Blues
• N.J. Devil – New Jersey Devils
• Orbit – Houston Astros
• Rangers Captain – Texas Rangers
• Raymond – Tampa Bay Rays
• Rowdy – Dallas Cowboys
• Sebastian – University of Miami
• Shades – Orlando Solar Bears
• Slamson the Lion – Sacramento Kings
• Stormy – Carolina Hurricanes
• STUFF – Orlando Magic
• ThunderBug – Tampa Bay Lightning
• Tommy Hawk – Chicago Blackhawks
Mascot Games in Orlando
Tickets for the Mascot Games, presented by Wawa, are on sale. 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
On Saturday, June 20, a limited number of VIP “Mascot Huddle” tickets, which include a Mascot meet-n-greet and reserved seating, are available for $30. Reserved seating is available for $20.
Group seating for Summer Camps is available by downloading a form from the event website at
www.mascotgames.org under the “Summer Camps” tab.
The participating mascots will be introduced through the social media channels of the Mascot Games, presented by Wawa.. Go to
and Instagram @Mascot_Games.
Since its inception, the Mascot Games has raised more than $300,000 for New Hope for Kids.
Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available. Companies interested in sponsoring the event, highlighting its brand to more than 15,000 Central Florida residents, can contact Ron Kaplan at
About New Hope for Kids
Since 1996, New Hope for Kids has been helping Central Florida children in need. Its purpose is to bring hope, healing and happiness to children and families suffering from grief, loss or life-threatening illnesses. New Hope for Kids achieves this through two programs:
The Center for Grieving Children helps children and families cope with the feelings of grief and loss after the death of a loved one.
Wishes for Kids grants wishes to children up to age 19, diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
For information visit www.newhopeforkids.org.