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Mascot makes kindergartner’s day, spreads Rocket cheer

Rocky made a special appearance last month to greet one of his biggest fans. After receiving kindergartner Eli Cordell’s email, UT’s mascot visited Delaware, Ohio, to surprise the Schultz Elementary School student.

Rocky ventured to Schultz Elementary School in Delaware, Ohio, to have lunch with Toledo fan Eli Cordell.

“I love Rocky the Rocket from Toledo. I think it’s funny when he dances,” Cordell wrote in his message. “I want to go to [UT] for college.”

After collaborating with Cordell’s teacher and the Schultz Elementary administration, Rocky traveled to Delaware, which is north of Columbus, and joined the young fan for lunch and met his parents and classmates.

It was important to the UT mascot to acknowledge how much Cordell’s message meant. From the expression of excitement and joy on the boy’s face, it was clear Cordell was elated.

Rocky gave the young fan UT T-shirts, stickers, a towel and a Battle of I-75 helmet statue.

Schultz Elementary Principal Travis Woodworth was impressed by Rocky’s surprise, saying the visit spoke volumes about Rocky and UT’s culture of appreciation and their support for the Schultz Elementary mission.

“His visit helped to encourage positive energy in the classroom, the importance of education, and excitement about school,” Woodworth said.

Rocky shares UT pride during athletic games, events and special engagements by request. To learn more, visit Rocky the mascot’s webpage.