I'm a Tulsa Kid: Meet Blazer
Q: What is your name, age, and school?
A: Mascots have a code not to reveal who we are. That is what makes being a mascot fun. I will tell you that I am 16 and a sophomore in high school.
Q: Tell me about the Blazer mascot.
A: Blazer is a big, red, furry ball of fun! I wanted to pattern him after the Phillie Phanatic of the Philadelphia Phillies, but we needed to change a few things due to copyright laws. So Blazer looks like a Phoenix and, even though he wasn’t intended to look that way, it is working out just fine.
Q: How did you come up with the idea?
A: I had an interest in being a mascot at a previous school I attended, but they weren’t ready to do it, so I decided to go out on my own and be a solo. I spoke to the Phillie Phanatic who encouraged me to go for it as did Hornsby of the Tulsa Drillers and the rest is history, as they say. To raise the money I needed for the costume, I put together a list of friends and family as well as companies that might want to sponsor me. I approached these people with the idea and different levels of sponsorships, and people invested in me. In return, I had a banner made with my logo on it and with the company’s name or the individual’s name on it. That way they get some advertising when I go to events.
Q: Why are you doing it?
A: I just felt like there was too much sadness in our world and that people don’t laugh as much as they used to. So my thought was that if I can bring a little laughter to people for just a moment, then maybe that will make their day.
Q: Where did you get the costume?
A: I used a company in Marion, Ohio called Promo Costumes. They were great to work with and let me have a say in how I wanted Blazer to look.
Q: Where do you perform?
A: Well, I have done several events for non-profit groups. The CureSearch Walk for childhood cancer, Laps for Little Ones for the Little Lighthouse, and visited the kids who are in St. Francis Children’s Hospital.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: I want to take Blazer as far as I can go with him and be much like the Phillie Phanatic or Hornsby and do this professionally. There is nothing like getting a hug from a little child or making someone laugh.
Q: Are there other things that you would like to add?
A: If anyone wants to reach Blazer they can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Facebook.
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