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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 2:28pm

Nearly 18 months after the exit of Community College of Philadelphia’s longtime mascot Colonial Phil in 2017, the city will welcome its newest mascot at a pep rally featuring student athletes, mascots from throughout the region, and Marc Farzetta, host of "Farzetta & Tra In The Morning” on 97.5 The Fanatic, and a NBC Sports Philadelphia personality.

Students at the College banded together to request that CCP change the mascot to one that better reflects the quiet strength, resilience, and tenacity of CCP students and athletic champions. Many student athletes at the College take classes, hold down jobs, and play sports “simply for the love of the game.” They do not receive scholarships.

After a committee of students, staff and faculty met to consider suggestions for the mascot and team names, the College held a vote last fall, with the name Lions triumphing over the name Panthers. The athletic teams already are known as the Lions, but the mascot’s identity has been kept secret until now.

On Sept. 17, the mascot will make a grand entrance onto campus, greeted by mascots including the 76ers Franklin, Will D. Cat of Villanova University and Soul Man from the Philadelphia Soul. The surrounding crowd, filled with lion pride, will then attempt a world record for the most people roaring simultaneously.

CCP’s powerhouse athletic programs date back to 1967 and the teams- including basketball, cross country, men’s soccer, tennis and volleyball – hold a collective record for 60 divisional championships in the EPCC (Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference) Championships as well as 23 state championships.

What: The newest mascot in Philadelphia will be greeted by other mascots from across the city, as CCP welcomes its mysterious new creature who has been spotted prowling around campus. Check out the video.

When and Where: Community College of Philadelphia’s Main Campus, 17th Street, near the Athletic Center. The festivities start at noon.

Who: The CCP mascot; CCP President Donald Guy Generals, Troy Bundy, CCP alumnus who led effort to get a new mascot while at CCP; Rogers Glipsy, Athletic Director; the College’s Student Government President Quiana Cureton and some of CCP’s outstanding 2019 athletes. Later in the evening, the new mascot will rally the lion pride gathered for the Women’s Volleyball match with Valley Forge Military Academy & College. The game starts at 6 p.m. in the Athletic Center. Media are invited to get video of the mascot in action.


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