Chancellor Malatras Announces SUNY Oneonta’s Red Dragon Crowned Winner of SUNY’s 2021 Mascot Madness Competition

April 8, 2021

SUNY Jefferson's Boomer Taking Second Place with 34 Schools throughout SUNY Participated; Over 38,000 Votes Were Received

Headshot of Red Dragon Available Here


Albany, NY
– State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras today announced the winner of SUNY's 2021 Mascot Madness Competition. SUNY Oneonta's Red the Dragon was crowned champion, with SUNY Jefferson's Boomer the Cannoneer taking second place in the final round of voting. This year's Mascot Madness tournament saw participation from 34 schools, with over 38,000 votes received throughout the competition.

After totaling up the votes for the final round, Red came away with 2,639 votes and Boomer brought in 2,006. In addition to Red and Boomer, Columbia-Green Community College's Rip Van Winkle and SUNY Empire State College's Blue the Bluebird made it into the Final Four, with the tournament being broken up into four brackets.

"We know that this year has been a unique one for sports and finding ways to show off school spirit in a safe manner," said Chancellor Malatras. "Mascot Madness has been a bright spot for us all in the SUNY Family, giving people the opportunity to vote for their favorite mascot and participate in friendly competition. It was great to see so many campuses throw their hats in the ring and compete throughout the competition, and we were so glad to see so much positivity and support for our competitors over the last few weeks. Congratulations to Red the Dragon for being crowned champion of this year's Mascot Madness—an accolade that should be shown off with great pride! The SUNY Oneonta community has banded together and come back in a big way this year."

SUNY Oneonta mascot Red the Dragon said, "We did it! This was my first year competing in Mascot Madness since 2016, and I've really missed being at in-person athletic and admissions events this past year, so I was FIRED UP and ready to battle! Red Dragons are extremely loyal and stick together. I'm so grateful to all of my fans who voted for me during each round!"

SUNY Oneonta Acting President Dennis Craig said, "Mascot Madness was a fun way for students, staff, and alumni to come together virtually and rally around a common cause. Our campus community faced the challenges of 2020 together and came out better, stronger and more resilient, and, as this win clearly displays, we never lost our school spirit."

SUNY Oneonta Student Government Association President Gabby Cecere said, "It's been really fun for us as students to vote for Red in each Mascot Madness round and see our mascot advance over all these other schools. Having Red win the whole thing is a bright spot in the semester for us and for our campus community."

After taking 2020 off due to the pandemic, the 2021 Mascot Madness marks the eighth year of the challenge, with Red being the sixth unique winner. Each year, schools are prompted to enter into the competition, and then voting commences through an online platform, with special voting tallies conducted via social media for the final rounds. The event increases engagement on all digital platforms, with SUNY's web properties promoting the event having received more than 94,000 visits, along with more than 10,000 engagements on social media.

Originated in 2013, Mascot Madness was created to foster school spirit throughout the SUNY system from current students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and the many members of the SUNY Family.

To view a full recap of this year's tournament, visit here.

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