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Stanley C. Panther ready to captain team at Wawa Mascot Games, benefitting New Hope for Kids

Stanley C. Panther of the NHL Florida Panthers is captaining one of the mascot teams during the Wawa Mascot Games on June 19-20 at the Amway Center in Orlando. Stanley C. participated in the Mascot Team Draft & New Hope for Kids Dinner Party on Thursday, June 18 to kick off the event at the New Hope for Kids facility in Maitland.
Stanley C. Panther of the NHL Florida Panthers is captaining one of the mascot teams during the Wawa Mascot Games on June 19-20 at the Amway Center in Orlando. Stanley C. participated in the Mascot Team Draft & New Hope for Kids Dinner Party on Thursday, June 18 to kick off the event at the New Hope for Kids facility in Maitland. Photo By Jim Varsallone

Stanley C. Panther of ‘your’ Florida Panthers hockey team may have been a late addition to the Mascot Games, but this agile cat is sure ready.

Stanley C. is captaining one of four mascot teams competing in the 22nd Mascot Games, presented by Wawa, at the Amway Center 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 Stanley C. Panther joins a strong contingent of college and professional sports teams mascots, including his South Florida mascot brethren Billy the Marlin (Miami Marlins) and Sebastian the Ibis (University of Miami).

Stanley C. has a little Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage and Booker T (spin-a-roonie) in him. Check out the moves during the interview.

Interview with Captain Stanley C. Panther

Twitter @StanleyCPanther

The other team captains are Fin the Whale from the NHL Vancouver Canucks, Stormy from the NHL Carolina Hurricanes and host mascot Stuff the Magic Dragon from the NBA Orlando Magic.

The Mascot Team Draft and New Hope for Kids Dinner Party was Thursday, June 18 at its facility in Maitland. The team captains battled in rock, paper, scissors, shoot to determine draft order. Totally unfair to Fin, a disadvantage, because he’s a whale and does not have fingers.

Organizers decided to continue with the shoot anyway. Stuff won, choosing first, Stanley second, Stormy third and then Fin last.

Fin, who ripped a T-shirt Hulk Hogan style, is a good sport. He entertained the crowd, blowing smoke from the top of his head and even grabbed a little boy to pick a mascot for his team.

Following the dinner and draft, mascots split into two groups to pose for photos, sign autographs and have fun with kids, teens and adults. Orbit of the MLB Houston Astros and Slamson the Lion of the NBA Sacramento Kings really entertained the crowd with their dance moves and hi-jinx. Sebastian the Ibis of the University of Miami and Rowdy of the NFL Dallas Cowboys also cut the rug.

It’s not a mascot party until mascots table dance. Hats off to Raymond of the MLB Tampa Bay Rays and Stanley C. Panther.

Christian Bruey of WFTV Ch.9 Orlando and Lynn Hoppes served as emcees, and DJ Reinaldo Crespo spun the tunes.

About the Mascot Games

“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.

About the mascots

More than 20 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).

Mascot Mania

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

Stanley C. Panther – Florida Panthers

• 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

Ticketmaster.com.

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.

The participating mascots will be introduced through the social media channels of the Mascot Games, presented by Wawa.. Go to

Facebook.com/MascotGames,

Twitter @MascotGames

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

partnership@mascotgames.org.

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.

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