Jonathan the Husky
The University of Connecticut Husky Mascot has been a tradition for decades. From parading about the stands at sporting events, leading parades, and greeting youngsters, to making appearances across the country and ESPN commercials, Jonathan is one of the most recognized and photographed symbols of the pride and spirit of being a Husky. The identities of the student leaders selected to wear the costume remain a secret, even on campus. However, their energy, and fierce but friendly pride shines through!
Who is eligible to tryout?
All full-time students who are enrolled at the University of Connecticut- Storrs Campus, and are in good academic and disciplinary standing are eligible to tryout. The University’s academic policy can be found here. Incoming freshmen are eligible to tryout prior to their freshman year, and must present a letter of acceptance from the University's admissions office on the day of tryouts. If you have not received your acceptance letter, you may still attend the tryout "pending admission".
Are there technical requirements?
Throughout the tryouts, applicants will be evaluated based on their performance, energy, and abilities over a wide range of skills. Applicants will be judged on the following criteria (but not limited to): the ability to put on the suit independently, skit development, movement in the costume, knowledge of school material and improv ability.
What can I expect at the tryout?
You will learn everything you need to be prepared for the tryout at the mandatory clinic. You will also be fitted for a suit and taught how to put it on. At the tryout, each candidate will perform a 1 min. skit using various props. You may bring your own, or use the props provided. Final decisions will be made that day.
What are the general expectations if I make the team?
- After classes, this MUST be your priority
- 1-2 appearances per week, in addition to scheduled games
- Travel (football and post-season basketball)
- Academic success
- Once a month meeting/rehearsal
- Upkeep and cleanliness of the costume and apparel