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A person costumed, often as an oversized animal, who represents a particular sports team or club in promotional events and in other venues

Injuries Fractures, concussions, shoulder separation, contusions, heat-related injuries, chronic low back, knee and ankle pain, and assault by disgruntled and/or inebriated fans
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Prize is the opportunity for a 6-10 year old to be a mascot and lead one of the senior women's players from Northern Ireland or Norway onto the pitch at Seaview Stadium on Friday 30th August, an Electric Ireland goodie bag, PLUS two complimentary general admission tickets to the game for two adults.
The mascot, as an important part of the brand image and landscape of large-scale sports events, is the liveliest visual image symbol, which has been welcomed and loved by the public.
The official mascot of the tournament was Takuma, a hippo wearing sports kit in South Africa's official yellow and green.
The use of mascots is also a marketing strategy to promote a particular company, brand or product, which consumers can easily identify them with.
However, in addition Everton have designated two fixtures this season - the home games against Bournemouth and Wolves - as Everton in the Community mascot packages.
Tokyo organisers will hope their 2020 mascots can replicate the success of Soohorang, the cuddly stuffed tiger from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang earlier this year.
Willie certainly proved a good luck mascot for England as they famously went on to win the World Cup beating West Germany 4-2 in a nailbiting extra time finish.
From animals, to fruits, each FIFA World Cup since 1966 has had its own much-loved mascot.
But many American Indian groups, including the National Congress of American Indians, say such mascots are harmful and derogatory.
The Chiba Lotte Marines also has three other regular mascots rooting for the team, namely Ma-kun, Rin-Chan and Zu-chan.
The mascot change conversation began after the state Board of Education ruled in 2012 that schools with Native American-themed mascots must find new ones.