RSS Athletics Unveils New Lion Mascot
Using the last spring's winning student mascot submission, RSS worked with a graphic design firm this summer to refine the design into a formidable mascot that RSS students will be proud to wear as a representation of our athletics program.
The Rodeph Sholom School Athletics program is fierce; with 10 team sports offered each school year, multiple championships won across age groups and an undefeated girls’ basketball team, RSS’s athletes excel both in skill and in teamwork. Since the program’s beginning in 2001, we have been searching for the perfect mascot to exemplify the dedication, spirit and tenacity of our student athletes. Last school year, we turned to the students themselves to redesign this important part of our school’s culture.
In March, RSS’s Student Council President Jay R.‘16 announced an open competition for any student in 4th through 8th Grade to submit original drawings of a new athletics mascot; alumni were also invited to participate. This past June, 6th Grader Aidan G. won the mascot competition
. Aidan’s winning submission, chosen by a Mascot Committee Panel, was picked based on two criteria: that the work was original, and that it represented the spirit of RSS. The Committee was comprised of Athletics Director Brendan Oswald, Art Department Chair Jennifer Blaikie, and Director of Alumni Relations Louie Glaser.
Over the summer, External Communications Manager Ariel Feldman worked with a graphic design firm, with input from faculty, staff and parents, to refine the design into a formidable mascot that RSS students will be proud to wear as a representation of our athletics program. We are excited to share the final product with you - and look forward to offering lots of fun Lions logowear in the fall!