Everyone is encouraged to try something new, at least one in their life. For baseball coach Curtis Pride, he waited until his playing career was over, to take his turn as a team mascot. And the mascot he played was the Bison.
During the men's basketball game on Feb. 11, as part of Pink Night for Breast Cancer Awareness, Pride donned the Bison mascot. His cover was blown early outside the Field House as his head (Bison Head, not real head) fell off and the basketball team saw who it was. "They were all laughing at me," said Pride. "But I told them not to tell anyone."
Everyone thought it was a student running around the basketball court, performing with the cheerleaders, and participating in the half-time competition with the fans. But Pride wasn't able to last the entire game. "I was sweating so much and it was very hot under the costume," explained Pride.
Pride spent the second half sitting in the stands with other coaches, fans, and members of the Board of Trustees, who were at the game, won by Gallaudet over Salisbury, 80-70.
Pride is photographed with Board of Trustees members Nancy Kelly-Jones and Cheryl Heppner.
Tomorrow afternoon, Pride makes his coaching debut as the Gallaudet baseball team takes on Penn State Berks at 2 pm on Hoy Field. Admission is free.