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Mascots announced for annual Mascot Games in Orlando

Fin the Whale of the NHL Vancouver Canucks and Stanley C. Panther of the NHL Florida Panthers having fun with kids during the Mascot Games Kick-Off Party last year. The 2017 Mascot Games, presented by Wawa and benefiting New Hope for Kids, is June 23-24 at the Amway Center in Orlando.
Fin the Whale of the NHL Vancouver Canucks and Stanley C. Panther of the NHL Florida Panthers having fun with kids during the Mascot Games Kick-Off Party last year. The 2017 Mascot Games, presented by Wawa and benefiting New Hope for Kids, is June 23-24 at the Amway Center in Orlando. Photo By Jim Varsallone

New Hope for Kids has announced the Mascots that will compete in the 24th Mascot Games Presented by Wawa, occurring at Amway Center on Friday, June 23 at 12:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 24 at 2 p.m.

Participating Mascots include STUFF from the NBA Orlando Magic, NJ Devil of NHL New Jersey Devils, Knightro from the University of Central Florida, Rangers Captain from the MLB Texas Rangers, Fin the Whale from the NHL Vancouver Canucks, Kingston from Orlando City Soccer Club, Stanley C. Panther of the NHL Florida Panthers and fan favorite Lil Red from the University of Nebraska. The complete list is below.

“We hear each year from those who attend how truly entertaining this event is. They think it is for the kids, but adults enjoy the Mascots just as much,” said Dave Joswick, Executive Director of New Hope for Kids. “Our ambassador, Orlando Magic’s Stuff, has invited top notch talents, all who love to steal the limelight, and who also love knowing they’re helping kids.”

Twenty-three of the best and most popular Mascots from across North America will join STUFF, the event’s host mascot, for the annual competition. Mascots from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, ECHL, MLS 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, Florida Hospital for Children Blue Team won Day One. They were Champ (NBA Dallas Mavericks); Lil Red (NCAA University of Nebraska); Sebastian the Ibis (NCAA University of Miami); Shades (ECHL Orlando Solar Bears); Thunderbug (NHL Tampa Bay Lightning); and Team Captain Fin (NHL Vancouver Canucks).

Truly Nolen Yellow Team won Day Two last year. They were Franklin (NBA Philadelphia 76ers); Howler (NHL Arizona Coyotes); Knightro (NCAA University of Central Florida); Louie (NHL St. Louis Blues); Rowdy (NFL Dallas Cowboys); and Team Captain - Captain Fear (NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

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Participating Mascots:

· Captain Fear – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

· Carlton – Toronto Maple Leafs

· Champ – Dallas Mavericks​

· Chomps – Cleveland Browns

· Coyote – San Antonio Spurs

· Fin the Whale – Vancouver Canucks

· Franklin – Philadelphia 76ers

· Hugo – Charlotte Hornets

· Jaxon De Ville – Jacksonville Jaguars

· Kingston – Orlando City Soccer Club

· Knightro – University of Central Florida

· Lil’ Red – University of Nebraska

· Louie – St. Louis Blues

· N.J. Devil – New Jersey Devils

· Rangers Captain – Texas Rangers

· Rocky the Bull – University of South Florida

· Rowdy – Dallas Cowboys

· Sebastian – University of Miami

· Shades – Orlando Solar Bears

· Sir CC– Cleveland Cavaliers

· Stanley – Florida Panthers

· STUFF – Orlando Magic

· ThunderBug – Tampa Bay Lightning

· Tommy Hawk – Chicago Blackhawks

Tickets for the Mascot Games Presented by Wawa are now on sale. General admission tickets start at $12 and can be purchased through mascotgames.org, amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000, or at Ticketmaster.com.

A limited number of VIP “Mascot Huddle” tickets, which include a Mascot meet and greet and reserved seating for Saturday’s performance, are available for $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event.

Reserved seating will be available for $20 while supplies last. Group seating for Summer Camps is available by downloading a form from the event website.

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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 grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $500,000 for New Hope for Kids.

About New Hope for Kids

Since 1996, New Hope for Kids has been helping Central Florida children in need. Our 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 the age 19, diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

For more information visit .

www.newhopeforkids.org

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