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Family fun at Wawa Mascot Games in Orlando for New Hope for Kids

Sebastian the Ibis of the NCAA University of Miami Hurricanes, Stuff the Magic Dragon of the NBA Orlando Magic, Carlton the Bear of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs, Slamson of the NBA Sacramento Kings, Orbit of the MLB Houston Astros and NJ Devil of the NHL New Jersey Devils after winning day two of last year’s Wawa Mascot Games. The 2016 Wawa Mascot Games, benefiting New Hope for Kids, is June 17 and 18 at the Amway Center in Orlando.
Sebastian the Ibis of the NCAA University of Miami Hurricanes, Stuff the Magic Dragon of the NBA Orlando Magic, Carlton the Bear of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs, Slamson of the NBA Sacramento Kings, Orbit of the MLB Houston Astros and NJ Devil of the NHL New Jersey Devils after winning day two of last year’s Wawa Mascot Games. The 2016 Wawa Mascot Games, benefiting New Hope for Kids, is June 17 and 18 at the Amway Center in Orlando. Photo By Jim Varsallone

The Mascot Games is returning to the Amway Center in June for two entertaining shows – 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 17 and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18 – in Orlando.

Hosted by New Hope for Kids, the 23rd annual event is presented by Wawa, the prominent convenience retail store chain now with 85 locations in Central Florida.

“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 continuing 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 grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida.

Mascot Games Event Manager Gloria Capozzi said: “Wawa has demonstrated what a perfect partnership can be. They have been involved with the Mascot Games since they opened their first store in Orlando. We celebrate their growth in our community and commitment to New Hope for Kids.”

Twenty-four of the best and most popular mascots from across North America will join Orlando Magic’s STUFF, the event’s host mascot and recently honored as one of the best mascots in sports, for the annual competition.

Mascots from MLB, NFL, MLS, 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.

The participating mascots will be introduced through the Mascot Games social media channels.

Follow along on

Facebook.com/MascotGames,

Twitter @MascotGames

and Instagram @Mascot_Games.

Participating mascots include:

Albert and Alberta - NCAA University of Florida

Baxter the Bobcat - MLB Arizona Diamondbacks

Captain Fear - NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Champ - NBA Dallas Mavericks

Chomps - NFL Cleveland Browns

Franklin the Dog - NBA Philadelphia 76ers

Fin - NHL Vancouver Canucks

Howler Coyote - NHL Arizona Coyotes

Jaxson De Ville - NFL Jacksonville Jaguars

Kingston - MLS Orlando City Soccer Club

Knightro - NCAA University of Central Florida

Louie - NHL St. Louis Blues

NJ Devil - NHL New Jersey Devils

Rowdy - NFL Dallas Cowboys

Rumble the Bison - NBA Oklahoma City Thunder

Sebastian the Ibis - NCAA University of Miami

Stanley C. Panther - NHL Florida Panthers

Stuff the Magic Dragon - NBA Orlando Magic

Thunderbug - NHL Tampa Bay Lightning

Tommy Hawk - Chicago Blackhawks

Since its inception, the Mascot Games, presented by Wawa, has raised more than $400,000 for New Hope for Kids.

Tickets for the Mascot Games are now 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 18) only, a limited number of VIP “Mascot Huddle” tickets, which include a Mascot meet and greet and reserved seating, are available for $35. 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.

Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available. Companies interested in sponsoring the event, highlighting their brand to more than 15,000 Central Florida residents, can contact Ron Kaplan at partnership@mascotgames.org.

About New Hope for Kids

Celebrating 20 years of hope and healing, 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 the age 18, diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

For more information visit www.newhopeforkids.org.

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