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More than a mascot, the St. Joseph’s University Hawk flaps on

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by Oona Goodin-Smith, Updated: March 5, 2019

Phiily.com

Photo: Tim Tai

 

 

The unflappable sixth man on the St. Joe’s court, the Hawk travels to every game with the men’s NCAA Division I basketball team, beating his wings continuously between jumping jacks and figure-eight sprints. The feather-filled endurance sport is a testament to the St. Joe’s slogan, “The Hawk Will Never Die.”

 

One of the only college mascots to travel with the team and receive a full-tuition scholarship for the role, the bird has star power. Over its 63-year history, the Hawk has been named the nation’s top mascot by Sports Illustrated and ESPN and was nominated in 2008 for the Mascot Hall of Fame.

“The Hawk is iconic, he keeps the school together,” said freshman Liam Majewski after posing for a photo with the anthropomorphic avian in the stands.

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