UNA Pressroom

Una's Live Mascots Attending Brooks Footbal Game Friday

Sep. 10, 2009

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

FLORENCE, Ala. - The University of North Alabama's live lion mascots, Leo III and Una, will attend the Brooks High School football game at Brooks this Friday. The Brooks mascot is also a lion.

Brooks will be playing Rogers High School. UNA is the only university in the country that has live lion mascots living on campus. The lions attend every UNA home football game and, this year, will begin attending soccer, basketball, volleyball and baseball games. The lions' appearance at Brooks this Friday is part of an increased effort to engage UNA and the Shoals community. "We want people in Florence and the Shoals area to feel that they live in a real college town," said Judy Jackson, UNA major gifts director, who works with Leo III and Una. This will be the furthest the lions have ever traveled from the university. The mascots will arrive at Brooks at 5:30 p.m. and will stay until halftime. People are encouraged to come meet the mascots and take pictures. "Our goal is for the lions to be more visible within the community," Jackson said.

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/