SRU’s mascot Rocky helps the crowd get loud
AUGUST 20, 2015
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Forget the San Diego chicken or the Pirates' Buccaneer, at Slippery Rock University we've got Rocky - The Pride of The ROCK.
Rocky roams the sidelines at SRU athletic events, encouraging fans to get loud and get proud, providing laughs and crowd-pleasing entertainment. Rocky also represents the University at a variety of community engagement events, sharing high-fives and hugs with ROCK fans of all ages. It takes a lot of time, dedication and hard work to do Rocky's job, but through its interpreter, (Rocky doesn't speak), the mascot says they wouldn't have it any other way.
"Mascots have really become a staple at athletic events," says Jon Holtz, SRU director of athletic communication. "People expect to see the mascot on the sidelines interacting with the crowd. Mascots have a unique communication role, they actually serve as a channel between the team and the crowd using non-verbal gestures and actions to engage the fans," he said.
"Rocky is a great mascot, it was even selected as the best mascot in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference after a fan vote that took place on Twitter," Holtz noted.
Name: Rocky, Pride of The ROCK
Date of Birth: 1/1/07
Acquired: New recruit, signed 2/21/07
Hometown: Slippery Rock, Pa.
Major: Sport Management
Hobbies: Likes to attend Rock Athletic events, reads the Rocket, listens to Rock & Roll
After working out for several months at a Rocky Mountain resort and developing rock-hard muscles, Rocky made its debut at the SRU men's basketball game vs. California U. of Pa. Feb. 21, 2007. Its green and grey colors are said to be from the mossy green and grey rocks of Slippery Rock Creek.
All-PSAC and All-American ... four -year letter winner in all sports at Slippery Rock University ... Majored in sport management and excelled in classes that were voted "The Hardest to Pass" by fellow students ... Did an internship at The Rocket student newspaper and wrote for the sports section ... Also served an apprenticeship at Rocky's Grill.
Resides at Morrow Field House on the Slippery Rock University campus ... Frequently seen climbing the Rock Wall at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center ... Favorite hangout is any of the Rock weight rooms where Rocky likes to work on its rock-hard abs ... Lists The Rolling Stones as its favorite rock group ... Favorite song is "Love is Like a Rock" ... Loves to hear anything rock & roll ... Likes Fruity Pebbles cereal for breakfast and treats himself to a little rock candy every now and then ... Enjoys reading The Rocket ... Favorite colors are green and white ... Loves to catch the Flintstones on Saturday mornings ,,, Vacations at NASA to watch the rockets take off ... Also enjoys hiking the Rocky Mountains ... Favorite action hero is The Rock ... Favorite movies are Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V and Rocky VI ... Mainly enjoys attending Rock athletic events and other Slippery Rock functions ... Full name is Rocky III ... Born January 1, 2007 on the banks of the Slippery Rock Creek in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.
Was introduced on the field to more than 100,000 screaming fans at the University of Michigan's "Big House" during the 2010 season when The Rock football team was celebrated by Michigan ... Was voted the best mascot in the PSAC in a Twitter contest run by the league office prior to the 2013-14 academic year.
FAQ's about Rocky, Pride of The Rock
Why does Rocky look like a lion?
Slippery Rock University has a rich tradition of pride ... pride in the University as a whole and particularly in its athletic tradition. Rocky I, SRU's mascot from the early 1980s through 2000, looked like a rock, but didn't fully represent the pride we have at SRU. Rocky II, the mascot from 2000-2007, displayed the pride we have at SRU but didn't fully represent Slippery Rock University with the look. The new Rocky gives Slippery Rock University an original mascot that represents the pride, originality and the look of Slippery Rock University with honor. Rocky's green highlights, gray colors and the overall appearance are derived from all of the Rocky mascots and truly represent the pride shared by all at Slippery Rock University.
Rocky is The Pride of The Rock.
What is Slippery Rock University's nickname?
Slippery Rock University is The ROCK.
Is Rocky available for other events besides athletics?
Yes, but Rocky has limited availability due to a tight schedule with classes, athletics and other University functions. You may check Rocky's availability for special events by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling University Communication and Public Affairs at 724.738.2091.
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