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The Telegram
  • Cooperstown retires Redskins, chooses Hawkeyes as new mascot

  • With polls completed and approval from the board of education the Redskins mascot will retire giving rise July 1 to the Cooperstown Central School Hawkeyes.

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  • With polls completed and approval from the board of education the Redskins mascot will retire giving rise July 1 to the Cooperstown Central School Hawkeyes.
    The name was one of four options including the Huskies, Pathfinders and Pioneers.
    Polls were taken by school alumni, faculty and staff, students and community members, with the CCS Hawkeyes coming out on top.
    The board of education voted in March to retire the Redskins nicknameas of June 30, and on April 23 unanimously approved the new mascot.
    The schools orange and black colors and district emblem will remain.
    The name had to be cleared through Thomas Hickey, owner and president of the Cooperstown Hawkeyes, a collegiate baseball team.
    Hickey agreed to share the Hawkeye name, according to district officials.
    The district is now in the process of getting in contact with the Oneida Indian Nation, which previously said it would underwrite the cost of purchasing any new sports uniforms if Cooperstown changed its nickname.
    The uniforms will cost between $5,000 and $10,000.
    Oneiida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter congratulated the district Board of Education its decision to transition to a new “more inclusive mascot.”
    “The Oneida Nation is honored to be able to provide a donation to the Cooperstown Central School to help offset the cost of changing mascots,” Halbritter said. “The students and administration at Cooperstown Central School have provided a model for the rest of the country that says we can still honor our schools and our sports teams without dishonoring our country’s races, cultures and shared heritage.”
     
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