UAF hosts open tryouts for mascot role

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Alaska Nanooks hosted tryouts for the open position as "Nook", the mascot, for upcoming sporting events.

It is a paid position by the athletic department, which job description include hyping up the crowd and getting the fans involved as much as possible. One contestant really gave it their all during the tryout, showing off their break dancing skills and ability to fire up the crowd. UAF's community engagement leader Lisa Laiti, shared what the department is looking for in the new Nook, a symbol for UAF Athletics.

"I would say we are looking for somebody that is going to represent the Alaska Nanooks super well at all of our home games," Laiti said. "Hopefully someone that can engage the fans and create some great experiences at all of the games."

One of the auditions was from UAF Student Jason McKee, who impressed in his tryout. McKee says he has experience dancing in a costume from musicals in his high school days. McKee had been waiting for his opportunity, and took advantage at tryouts

"I want to bring spirit to my school and it's always been a dream of mine and be the school mascot. I ask every year like, 'Who's the school's mascot this year?', but this year I saw the flier and I said yeah I'm going out," McKee said. "I love sports, i love the game and I love my school so just wanting to see people happy and pumped up."

The debut of the new Nook could come as soon as September 24th, when the UAF volleyball program hosts in-state rival, UAA Seawolves.

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