What would a national championship appearance be without Spirit? Not to worry University of Alaska Anchorage fans, the Seawolves will have plenty of it on display today.

 

Spirit the Seawolf, the team mascot, will be at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis when UAA takes on Lubbock Christian for the Women’s Division II national title.

 

We’re not allowed to name the person under the uniform — seriously, it’s a UAA rule, not a James Bond thing. That’s how the athletic department prefers it. So either we feature Spirit like 007 — undercover — or as a regular student. So we’ll call him Spirit — a mascot of mystery.

 

But it’s a labor love for this part cheerleader, part entertainer, part enigma.

 

“I loves mascoting,” said Spirit.

 

He spoke with KTVA on an overnight flight from Anchorage to Chicago. He’s part of a UAA group traveling to the game. Today, he’ll be working.

 

He’s now in his third year with the department. To see the ladies one game from college basketball’s greatest prize is gratifying, especially for someone who’s there for every game. But many people are reveling in the good times.

 

“We, as fans, owe them and we have some of the best and loyal fans,” Spirit said.

 

Spirit has also traveled an interesting road to get here. He’s been mascoting since junior high, when he served as the school’s wolf pup. In high school, he was a wolf. Finally, it was on to UAA as a Seawolf. Though it sounds more like a bridging ceremony to Boy Scouts, he’s graduated to the big stage. Today will be his biggest.

 

“Going out there, there’s going to be a lot of fans. And if there isn’t, I’ll make a lot fans.”

 

He won fans over early in his career, attending mascot camps capturing awards for likability and non-verbal communication. Now, as he wears Green and Gold, he says “There’s a lot of Seawolf pride.”

 

And today it will be at its height.

 

“Finally. It’s good to see the hard work pay off. To finally make it to the national championship. I told (UAA senior) Megan Mullings, ‘If you make it to the national championship, we’d be there for you,'” Spirit said.

 

And they will — in Spirit.

 

 

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