You’ve seen him at all the sporting events, being loud and ridiculous, harassing police officers and encouraging the students around him to get excited. No, it’s not the drunk student that you immediately think of. It’s Swoop, the loveable Eastern Eagle.
Swoop uses his energy and passion for EWU sports to fire up any crowd. It is not unusual to see him pumping a wing, raising a roof or handing out high-fives like hot cakes. He is even rehearsing a dunk that may cause many NBA-dunkers to want to get their Eagle on.
Swoop said he loves the opportunity to “be a goofball.” Along with participating at EWU sporting events, Swoop is also sent to represent this university at many charity events. Most recently, he was passing out high-fives and collecting smiles during the Children’s Fair at the Convention Center in downtown Spokane. Swoop said working with kids is “very rewarding,” and he appreciates the opportunity to make a child’s day, especially at the Children’s Fair where many children are facing terminal illnesses.
When talking to this “man of mystery,” it is easy to hear the excitement in his voice when he thinks of the potential for the men’s basketball team at the Big Sky Conference Tournament.
“They have so many offensive threats,” Swoop said. “They are an awesome, talented team.”
EWU students should know that because Swoop is a Division I mascot, he is an eligible participant in the Annual Mascot Challenge each fall. University of Montana’s Monty won this national contest three years ago and traveled across the nation and participated in a variety of charity and sporting events. Keep your eyes and ears open for the opportunity to reward Swoop with the national spotlight this fall.
As you enjoy Eagle sports, remember to nod your head at the hard-working but ever celebrating Swoop. If you do, you are likely to get a high-five before Swoop returns to his crazy antics.