MBU Holds Contest to Rename Spartan Mascot

The Missouri Baptist University Department of Athletics is holding a contest to re-name the Spartan mascot. The contest will be in conjunction with MBU’s Homecoming, culminating in the announcement of the name and the reveal of a brand new mascot costume on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Students may submit names directly to the Department of Athletics via email, Twitter or Facebook. The nomination process will end on Wednesday, Oct. 31 when a select group of campus staff and administration will narrow the group down to the top five.

“We are especially excited to have a new mascot costume to go along with this branding effort,” said Brad Cygan, sports information director. “We felt it was time to refresh our look and have a real mascot that will have a definitively increased presence at our games and around campus.”

On Thursday, Nov. 1, the final five names will be released on www.mbuspartans.com and fans can vote for their favorite. Voting will conclude on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 5:00 p.m. CST with the winner announced on Thursday, Nov. 8.

“Our MBU community will have the opportunity to make a big contribution to Missouri Baptist Athletics for years to come,” said Cygan. “We wanted to provide our fans an opportunity to have a direct impact in this process, so we expect students to have fun with this contest.”

The individual who submits the winning name will receive a $200 cash prize and a $50 gift card to The Perk coffeehouse on MBU’s main campus. “We want to give our fans a real incentive to come up with a winning name,” Cygan said. According to the Department of Athletics, only members of the MBU community (students, alumni, faculty and staff) are eligible for the prizes.

Submissions may be made by email to sportsinfo@mobap.edu, on the MBU Athletics Facebook page, or by tweeting the name using #MBUmascot.

Missouri Baptist University is a Christ-centered university located in Saint Louis. MBU offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees in education, business and religion and its new terminal degree, the Doctor of Education. In addition to its 66-acre West St. Louis County campus, MBU offers degree programs at 10 regional learning centers throughout Saint Louis, in Southern Illinois and online. For more information, go to www.mobap.edu or call 1-877-434-1115.