Amos's Big Adventure
Amos the Greyhound gets a mascot makeover
Moravian's own Amos the Greyhound mascot, on duty since 1999, is morphing from a pajama-clad fuzzy-wuzzy into a buff, high-tech persona with powerful crowd-pleasing skills.
For the past three years, Amos has been not only a campus mascot, but also a goodwill ambassador for Moravian College at community events, such as Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball games, Philadelphia Force professional softball games, and the WAEB Radio/Accuweather softball game to benefit Animals in Distress. On TV, he's appeared locally on WFMZ-TV and nationwide on CNN. (He's also currently in the "SportsTalkNY March Mascot Madness" playoff and has made it to the Sweet 16. Vote here on the Mascot Madness tab to send him to the Elite 8!)
In March 2009, Marty Moyle, of the Athletics Department, who had been getting in touch with her inner goofiness as Amos for several years, attended a three-day intensive Mascot Boot Camp run by Dave Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic. Although being a mascot looks like great fun, Amos/Moyle discovered there is much to learn before one steps into the arena: nutrition, hydration, dance moves, comedy, music, athleticism, working the crowd, costume care, and personality development were all part of the boot camp curriculum.
Moyle, a self-described "weird-theatre geek," with a multi-faceted performance resume, felt compelled to bring Amos to life in a bigger way and establish a mascot performers group on campus. A donation from a generous sponsor permitted the creation of a new version of Amos, along with several changes of costume, a rally flag, and performance workshop for the "Dawg Pack" Performers, a charter student group.
A retirement party for the old Amos was held at the December 12 basketball doubleheader. During his 1999-2009 reign, Amos greeted scores of incoming freshmen and welcomed hundreds of alumni at homecoming events. He also helped Greyhound teams achieve countless Middle Atlantic, Landmark, and ECAC Conference championships; make NCAA Tournament appearances in volleyball, women's cross country, women's tennis, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's soccer, and softball (including a national runner-up finish); and win a national cheerleading competition championship, along with seven individual national track and field champions. The new Amos has plenty to live up to.