Save the Mascots was founded by Anya Frammolino, an animal lover from Bangladesh, and her husband, Ralph, a sports nut who was raised in Detroit.
It grew out of a thought that Ralph had one day, while working in Bangladesh: What would Detroit Tigers fans do if they knew the mascot they rooted for faced extinction in real life because of human activity and climate change? They certainly would be concerned if they had any idea the mascot they rooted for may no longer exist.
The result: Save the Mascots, a way to for schools, fans and teams to show their dedication to the animals behind the teams they cheer.
Save the Mascots, Inc. was incorporated in July 2017 and will hold its first sponsored event in the coming months. It has applied for non-profit status.
Because everybody loves an animal mascot
We do 5 things:
- Organize presentations by wildlife specialists to educate students about the challenges facing the animals represented by their mascots;
- Identify and research a number of effective nonprofit projects dedicated to protect those animals and save them from extinction;
- Help supervise student-run fundraisers to support those non-profit projects;
- Collect and deliver proceeds to the sponsored non-profits;
- Develop videos and/or arrange field trips that allow students to see the wildlife preservation they are sponsoring.