PRESS RELEASE – Lake Elsinore Storm mascot Thunder has been named the 2010 Mascot of the Year as awarded by Gameops.com. This is Thunder’s second straight Gameops.com Mascot of the Year after taking home the honor in 2009.
Thunder’s community involvement and his well received on-field performances were two major reasons for his selection. Recently, Thunder wrote a book about going green and took it on tour with his Storm colleagues to local elementary schools. While he was at the schools, he emphasized the importance of reading.
The green dog from Lake Elsinore becomes the second repeat winner of this prestigious award. The first back-to-back champion was Rocky from the Denver Nuggets. Other winners of this award include Clutch from the Houston Rockets and the Gorilla from the Phoenix Suns.
“It’s an honor for Thunder to be in such great company as a back-to-back winner,” Storm Director of Mascot Operations Patrick Gardenier says, “he loves entertaining the crowd and helping the community and to be recognized for this makes it that much better.”
The panelists spoke of Thunder’s creativity on and off the field as a main reason for awarding him with this achievement. Thunder is taking the social media world by storm with his Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Fans can follow Thunder on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Thunderthedog or friend him on Facebook. For more information on Thunder appearances call (951)245-4487 or visit stormbaseball.com.