Oct. 13, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Tim Higgins has been selected to serve as the Saint Joseph's University Hawk mascot for the 2010-11 academic year, becoming the 33rd student to represent the University as its men's basketball mascot in the 55-year tradition. Nick Martino was chosen as the Hawk mascot for the women's basketball team.
Also, Nick Martino was named the Hawk mascot for the women's basketball team this season.
Higgins, who is currently a senior, was chosen by a committee that included head basketball coach Phil Martelli.
A native of Merchantville, N.J., and graduate of Camden Catholic High School, Higgins has served as a team manager for the past two seasons. He is a marketing major at SJU.
"The prestigious position and tradition of the Hawk mascot has been placed in very capable hands. Tim Higgins is a mature young man who will proudly represent his family and the entire Saint Joseph's community," said Martelli.
Martino becomes the 11th student to serve as the women's basketball Hawk since 1989. A junior food marketing major, he hails from Holland, Pa., and is a graduate of Council Rock South High School.
One of the most renowned mascots in all of college athletics, The Hawk is a rarity among mascots because it travels to every game, home or away. The student who serves as the mascot has been the recipient of an endowed scholarship since 1992, and also performs the responsibilities of a team manager. Recognized by many publications over the years as the nation's top collegiate mascot, The Hawk is known for flapping its wings continuously during an entire game.
Jim Brennan originated the idea for the Saint Joseph's Hawk during the 1954-55 season, and made his debut as The Hawk on January 4, 1956, in a 69-56 SJU win over La Salle at The Palestra. In 2005-06, Saint Joseph's celebrated the golden anniversary of the mascot.