New Joe Vandal Costume
We are asking for your help to get a new and improved Joe.
With the current state of our mascot suits, we are not sure if Joe will make it another season. Our current mascot suits are falling apart and have required some innovative thinking on how to make them work. We have done patch work, sewn in new straps/material, tried to replace chin straps in both heads, and more. There is only so much repairing we can do before we need to replace them. Not to mention, there are permanent odors in the suits as well. The two suits we have are approximately eight and thirteen years old. So, you can imagine all of the sweat build up from student volunteers over the years.
Currently, students are uncomfortable while wearing and acting in these costumes. They are constantly having to readjust the suits while in them; whether it is preventing the pants from falling down, shoe covers not staying buckled, or the head bobbling too much. Joe is the face of our institution and we want to represent our university well. The U of I Spirit Squad is funded through student fees and do not have other avenues of revenue other than fundraising, which is why we are reaching out to our Vandal family. So, please donate today to help us replace Joe and get him back to feeling confident on game day!