Mass shoot­ings prompt col­lege to drop mas­cot’s name

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS -

Mass shoot­ings across the na­tion have prompted Marist Col­lege in New York to drop Shooter as the nick­name for its sports mas­cot.

The Poughkeepsie Journal re­ports that Marist Col­lege came up with a new name for the cos­tumed mas­cot for its Red Foxes men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball teams af­ter last month’s mass shoot­ing at a coun­try mu­sic con­cert in Las Ve­gas.

The school’s ath­let­ics de­part­ment set­tled on Frankie, a nod to Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, who was born in nearby Hyde Park.

The pri­vate col­lege in Poughkeepsie, north of New York City, de­buted the new nick­name dur­ing last week­end’s sea­son open­ers for both teams.

The orig­i­nal Shooter nick­name was used for years and re­ferred to shoot­ing bas­kets, not guns.

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